The fabulous Amanda Muggleton is back in the Nadia Tass directed, Coral Browne: This F**ing Lady, as part of the Comedy Festival during April.
This critically acclaimed one-woman play is, based on the life of Australian legendary star of stage and screen, Coral Browne, and puts the Grande Dame back in the spotlight where she belongs.
Diva, adventuress, beauty, wit… the flamboyant Coral Browne travelled a world away from her humble Australian beginnings to become the toast of the London stage in the 1940s.
Read on to spend 5 minutes with the Amazing Amanda Muggleton:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
It’s about a very famous Melbourne actress who was hysterically funny, sexy, bold, liberated and very, very talented. Who worked with theatrical and film royalty in Europe and the USA.
What/Who was its inspiration?
The one and only Coral Browne of course.
What do you think its best quality is?
You’ll have a great laugh, a lesson in theatrical and film history and learn a great deal about a woman who was ahead of her time.
Why should people see it?
Because it will bring you to the Brunswick Ballroom which is a fantastic new venue for music and theatre where you can sit back, have a drink and be entertained.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
If you see nothing else this year, see this! Theatre is up and running again, thank goodness! Please come and support it! All artists need your love and support.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
Oh, there’s too many to mention. Most of the directors I’ve worked with including, Nadia Tass, Rodney Fisher, Simon Phillips, Raymond Omodei. And countless of my fellow actors, including Sheila Florence, Ian McKellen, Dennis Olsen, Judy Dench and Barry Humphries. But the moment where it all began was when I met Dame Sybil Thorndike as a fourteen-year-old when I was playing Puk at school.
Who makes you want to create?
Nature; when I’m in nature. I just love animals, floral and fauna, peace and quiet.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
When I first heard people laugh, cry and applaud. It’s like a drug.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
Everything, it means giving 110% of yourself. It’s the moment of silence when everyone is settled in their seats before you begin and the silence just before they start to applaud at the end of the performance. There’s nothing to compare to that feeling.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Energetic, empathetic, and fun.
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I’m actually very shy where men are concerned. I’m not as confident as I look. And I have very curly hair that I straighten.
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shutdown?
Truthfully, I’m terrified. It’s been two years since I’ve been in front of a live audience as I had been doing television in 2019 and of course, did nothing in 2020.
What is next for you?
I love my puppy Mopsy and I really hope to get lots more work. Who knows!
Coral Browne: This F**ing Lady
Sexually adventurous, with a deliciously bawdy wit, Coral was as well known for her glamorous lifestyle as she was for her memorable stage and screen performances (Auntie Mame, The Killing of Sister George, Dennis Potter’s Dreamchild and Alan Bennett’s An Englishman Abroad). She had a string of famous lovers, including Paul Robeson and Maurice Chevalier, and enjoyed a late-life marriage to the king of schlock horror, Vincent Price.
In this critically-acclaimed one-woman play, the wonderful Amanda Muggleton (The Book Club, Hollyoaks, Prisoner Cell Block H) brings Coral Browne to sparkling life and puts this Grande Dame back in the spotlight where she belongs.
April 6 – 18