This time, show is all about Miriam

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

IT is hard to be­lieve English star of stage and screen Miriam Mar­golyes would ever get ner­vous, but the witty, forthright ac­tor ad­mits to be­ing ter­ri­fied ahead of her The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Miriam Aus­tralian tour.

“Most peo­ple don’t go to work fright­ened but ac­tors do,” Mar­golyes said.

“I’m ter­ri­bly ner­vous about the show be­cause it’s very ex­pos­ing, but you have to do things that scare you, as oth­er­wise you don’t grow, and I’m not ready to come to an end yet.”

Mar­golyes, who has homes in Lon­don and New South Wales’ South­ern High­lands, was last in Perth for her one-woman show Dick­ens’ Women and said in­stead of fo­cus­ing on her favourite au­thor Charles Dick­ens this time, The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Miriam, ded­i­cated to her mother, was “all about me”.

Although Dick­ens will still make an ap­pear­ance among her per­for­mance of some of lit­er­a­ture’s best- known char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Lady Brack­nell ( The Im­por­tance­ofBe­ingEarnest) and Lady Catherine de Bourgh ( Pride andPrej­u­dice).

“It’s still like a con­ver­sa­tion with the au­di­ence, with me talk­ing di­rectly to them and then do­ing dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters,” the 73-yearold said.

“A very brave man called Peter Adams has de­vised it, writ­ten it and di­rected it.

“He’s done the same thing with Julie An­drews, Michael Palin and David At­ten­bor­ough, so he’s pretty ex­pe­ri­enced and he thought could prob­a­bly han­dle me.

“I’m too close to the show to know if it’s any good or not, but I know that it’s truth­ful, and that’s good.”

The ma­tron of ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Mur­der Mys­ter­ies said she hoped au­di­ences had fun.

“I want them to laugh and hope­fully be slightly in­ter­ested in me and en­joy the sto­ries I’ll be telling,” she said.

Miriam Mar­golyes and (be­low) in Miss Fisher’s Mur­der Mys­ter­ies.

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