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Theatre Works proudly present the premiere season of

By Jules Allen

A complex tale of a mother’s unresolved traumatic childhood and the echoing impact on her daughter, this highly anticipated premiere season is an unapologetic, candid, and wonderfully amusing new work by writer and social scientist, Jules Allen.

Largely autobiographical, Betty is a powerful and unfiltered exploration of the mother/daughter relationship as Lucy’s mother, Rose, succumbs to dementia and (although never close) Lucy finds herself in the challenging position of trying to care for her. Weaving through this unpredictable landscape she is brought face-to-face with the harrowing nature of old age and decline, and the urgency this places on the many unanswered questions of the past.

Betty is the second play by Jules Allen, whose professional career as a humanitarian (both in Australia and internationally) was recognised in 2017 when she was awarded Alumnus of The Year at Southern Cross University. She has also been invited to deliver TEDx talks in Sydney and Melbourne and was featured on Australian Story in 2016.

The initial scheduled season of Betty a casualty of the 2021 Victorian Lockdown, Theatre Works now invite Melbourne’s art lovers to join them in February 2022 for the premiere of this powerful and poignant new Australian work.

This season is proudly supported by Theatre Works and the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund

Written and Created by Jules Allen
Performed by Jules Allen and Sally McKenzie
Production Design by Claudia Mirabello
Sound Design by Danniella Esposito
Lighting Design by Jason Crick
Stage Manager: Ashleigh Walwyn
Produced by Lauren Bennett
Publicity by Eleanor Howlett (Sassy red PR)

16 – 26 February, 2022
Tues – Sat 7:30pm
Opening Night: Thurs 17 February, 7:30pm
Tickets: $40 Full, $32 Concession and $25 Student and Preview
Bookings: (03) 9534 3388 or online at
Venue: Theatre Works – 14 Acland St, St Kilda

Duration: 60 mins not interval
Suitable for ages 15+
Warnings: adult themes, coarse language, drug references and sexual references
This is a COVIDSafe event as per Victorian Government stipulations

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