Handbag inspires a play
What would you do if you were 97 years old and felt time was running out?
Splurging $11,000 on a bag might not be at the top of your list, but it’s exactly what the lead character does in the one-woman play Gloria’s Handbag.
The spontaneous purchase sets off a series of unusual events transforming the elderly woman’s remaining days.
The show’s writer and star Helen Moulder has to master six characters, aged between 21 and 97, for the solo piece.
‘‘Including two guys, so I have my work cut out switching from one to the other,’’ she says.
The play deals with people’s relationships to objects and their influence, the ageing process, families and a future where the accumulation of things may not be so important.
Moulder found herself trawling through op-shops and factory outlets across the country for a handbag for the show.
In the end a one-off bag was created by costume designer Gillie Coxill.
She plans to keep the play in her repertoire for several years.
‘‘With a bit of luck I may keep going until I’m 97.’’
Surprise splurge: Helen Moulder stars in Gloria’s Handbag.