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The Queen’s Nanny

16 - 19 Oct

Tragic. Royal. Comedy.

By Melanie Tait
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

Inspired by historical events, a royal scandal ignites a blistering fire between the steely Queen Mother and her children’s doting nanny in Melanie Tait’s new comedic drama, The Queen’s Nanny. The production comes to Wollongong direct from its world premiere season at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre.

Marion ‘Crawfie’ Crawford adored her job as governess to Princesses Lilibet and Margaret Rose… until she was ostracised, despite dedicating the best part of her life to raising, educating and caring for the young royals.

The reason? A tell-all memoir.

From the creative team behind the nation-wide success of The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race (now a feature film starring Claire Van De Boom), this black comedy imagines a series of pivotal moments between two strong-spirited women harbouring complicated resentment.


  • Tait is a playwright with a sharp eye for human foibles and how they play out between people. - Stage Noise

Cast and Creatives

Playwright Melanie Tait
Director Priscilla Jackman
Assistant Director Miranda Middleton
Cast includes Matthew Backer, Elizabeth Blackmore, Emma Palmer
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Genevieve Graham
Lighting Designer Morgan Moroney
Composer and Sound Designer James Brown
Stage Manager Sean Proude
Assistant Stage Manager Madelaine Osborn
Costume Supervisor Lily Mateljan
Photography Brett Boardman

This production is made possible by Ensemble Theatre’s Commissioners’ Circle

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