Mr. Bailey’s Minder

by Debra Oswald

Director:  Martin Gibbs 0411.645.003


Audition Venue:  The Guide Hall, Glebe Avenue, Cheltenham

Audition Date:  Sunday 7 April 2019.  Time:  TBA

Performance Venue:  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale

Season Dates:   21, 22; 23*, 27, 28, 29**, 30* June, 4 5, 6 July 2019

Evenings at 8 pm, **Saturday and *Sunday matinees at 2.30 pm

Please call to advise if you will be attending or if you are unavailable on that day.


Leo Bailey is one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing. Only one of his many children, his daughter Margo, is prepared to help, but she does so at arm’s length. Margo finds a live-in-minder, Therese, who is fresh out of prison and desperate for a home. Then along comes Karl, a handyman who has the job of removing a valuable mural but who keeps returning with offers of practical friendship.
A funny and deeply moving play about friendship, ego, art and the secret longing for a better life.

Our director, Martin Gibbs’s recent productions at Mordialloc include VISITING MR. GREEN, A MONTH OF SUNDAYS, ALBERT NOBBS, AUSTRALIA DAY and SEASON’S GREETINGS.


Margo – late 30’s – Leo Bailey’s daughter – support role.

Firm and matter-of-fact. Has had a long and unpleasant relationship with her father.

Therese – mid to late 20 – the minder – major role.

Street wise and earthy. Homeless and just out of jail. A nice person despite her current existence.

Leo Bailey – late 60’s plus – major role.

A hard, cynical, unpleasant man battling the ravages of alcohol and drugs.

Gavin – 30  – a hanger-on –  minor role.

A freeloader using Mr. Bailey for personal gain.

Karl – 30 – a handyman– large support role.

A handyman who visited and kept visiting. A nice man who takes an interest in both Mr. Bailey and Therese.

NOTE: The roles of Gavin and Karl are to be played by the same actor.

The above ages and descriptions are a guide only and I am looking for actors who can play the ages stated and not necessarily be that age.  So please don’t wait to be asked if you feel you could play any of the characters.  No roles have been pre-cast.

It is necessary that you are familiar with the play when you come to the auditions.

Copies of the script can be obtained by phoning the director.

Rehearsals are two nights a week and Sundays at times to be decided and will commence 14 May –  TBC.