Mary Coustas This Is Personal
Mary Coustas, the celebrated Australian comedian, actress, writer, and creator of the iconic 90’s character Effie, premieres her most intimate show to date, This Is Personal.
In the Playhouse | Theatre, Comedy
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Seven performances between Wednesday 25 May and Sunday 29 May, 2022
Wednesday, 25 May, 7.30pm
Thursday, 26 May, 7.30pm
Friday, 27 May, 7.30pm
Saturday, 28 May, 2.30pm
Saturday, 28 May, 7.30pm (in-venue + livestream)
Sunday, 29 May, 1.00pm
Sunday, 29 May, 6.00pm
Standard tickets from $75 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction
Livestream ticket $19.99
In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets will mostly be sold in multiples of two, however limited allocations of single tickets and odd numbered groupings of tickets will also be available. Tickets may also be sold in single seat patterns for certain Events.
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|Standard||Adults aged 17+|
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|Concession||Student/Pensioner card holders (Aust. only)|
(28 May, 7:30pm)
Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 year/s of age or older must hold a valid ticket.
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Recommended for ages 15+
This performance contains adult references, including sensitive material about childbirth that may be distressing for some viewers. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.
“I am ready to step away from the puppet and expose the puppeteer.”
It takes many muses to create a character that has the intergenerational following of Effie
This Is Personal is a candid and intimate one woman show that combines the coarse tapestry of Coustas’ migrant upbringing in Melbourne’s suburbs and her recent experience of motherhood.
Directed by Blazey Best (Well Behaved Women, Sensitive Guys, Kings for Pigs), Mary addresses questions from her inquisitive daughter, her answers forcing her to reflect on what she can offer from her own life experience… and more importantly what she can’t. To help, the audience meets the characters from Mary’s family who have shaped her life – including Mary’s younger self who created the suit of armour we’ve come to know as “Effie”.
Mary Coustas has starred in multiple national tours (Wogs Out of Work, Effie the Virgin Bride) and brought powerhouse persona Effie into living rooms around Australia in the iconic sitcom Acropolis Now (for which she was awarded a Logie for Most Popular Comedy Personality in 1993) and Greeks on The Roof (Seven Network). Coustas is the author of Effie’s Guide to Being Up Yourself and critically acclaimed memoir All I Know.
Laced with Coustas’ comedic flair, This Is Personal is a kaleidoscopic exploration of love, loss, laughter and fear, and how all four come to define us.
Presented by the Sydney Opera House.
Cast and Creatives
Mary Coustas is a writer/performer well known for her performance in Wogs out of Work and for her character Effie developed for the high rating TV sitcom Acropolis Now.
She won a Best Comedy Performer Logie Award for performing the character Effie.
Back on stage, she then went on to appear in the record breaking theatrical shows Wog A Rama and her one woman show Waiting for Effie, which toured nationally throughout Australia. Mary joined the cast of Sylvia for Sydney Theatre Company, gaining high praise for portraying a dog on stage.
Mary’s other TV Credits include Skirts, Wildside, Grass Roots and The Secret Life of Us and recently Rake 2.
She also earned herself an AFI Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mull and appeared in Nirvana Street Murder and Hercules Returns.
Mary has written for, and performed in, her TV show Greeks on The Roof, based on her character Effie’s family home TV Studio.
As Effie has so much to say, Mary allowed her to write a book, Effie’s Guide To Being Up Yourself, which has been published and acclaimed for tackling youth self esteem.
Most recently Mary’s book All I Know was published by Allen and Unwin and touched the heart’s of the nation after her appearance on 60 Minutes.
After wowing audiences with her show A Date With Effie, the Greek Goddess launched her show Effie The Virgin Bride in 2016 at The Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and went on to tour to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
In 2017 Mary, embarked on an encore season of Effie The Virgin Bride in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, and premiere seasons in Adelaide and Darwin.
Loving being back on stage, Mary has joined forces with Nick Giannopoulos and Sooshi Mango to perform a new stage show Star Wogs – touring nationally.
In 2019 Mary toured her stage show Effie in Love Me Tinder nationally until covid shut down the country in 2020.
Undeterred Mary launched her new Effie stage show Better Out Than In in 2021.
Blazey has been appeared on Australian stages and screens as an actor for twenty five years. She has appeared in many shows for Bell Shakespeare, STC, Belvoir, The Hayes and more, winning the Sydney Theatre Award for her performances in Medea, Miracle City and Ivanov. Blazey played Sybil Fawlty in John Cleese’s production of Fawlty Towers Live, played Yitzac in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and appeared alongside iOTA again in B-Girl at the Sydney Opera House. She first appeared on the Playhouse stage in the year 2000 with Bell Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and is thrilled to be returning to that very same stage as a director.
Blazey made her directorial debut in 2018 with the critical and box office smash King Of Pigs, Steve Rodgers’ piercing exploration of coercive control and violence against women. Following its sold out run at The Fitz in 2018, King Of Pigs toured nationally this year for Critical Stages. Blazey directed MJ Kaufman’s Sensitive Guys for KXT and the sold out season of Carmel Deane’s Well Behaved Women at The Hayes.
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