CLASSIC HAS ITS DAY ON STAGE
IT’S a play that caused public uproar and had the playwright labelled un-Australian when it was released, but Como actor Carmen Miles is prepared to take on the challenge as she stars in the controversial The One Day of the Year.
The play follows the Cook family during the week of Anzac Day and raises questions about class, free expression and attitudes towards people and war.
While family patriarch Alf views the day as a time to honour our Diggers, his son Hughie claims it’s just an excuse for them to get drunk.
After years of scrutiny beginning in the 1960s, with Fremantle-born playwright Alan Seymour receiving death threats and being labelled a communist sympathiser, The One Day of the Year is now considered an Australian classic and will play at the Old Mill Theatre next month
Miles takes on the role of Hughie’s girlfriend Jan, an upper-class girl who clashes with the working-class characters.
“Jan is mostly kind, but also a bit immature and thoughtless, which I think is due to being overly indulged in her upbringing,” she said.
“She’s a bit unlikeable, so to sell that to an audience and try to win some sympathy for her will be a bit of a challenge.”
Performing from when she was 16, Miles has appeared in musicals with Roleystone Theatre and numerous plays at the Old Mill, Melville, Phoenix, KADS and Harbour theatres.
She has been nominated for best supporting actress in the Finley Awards and won the Peter Kemeny Encouragement Award at Dramafest, and Miles’s acting career also boasts a stint as a character performer at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.
Miles’ interest in The One Day of the Year was sparked in high school, and she said it was now the perfect role to resume after taking a break from acting to complete her medical degree.
Hughie (Matt Randall) and girlfriend Jan (Carmen Miles) in