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Penelope Upward



Nationality:    Australian
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Penelope Upward comes from a family dedicated to the arts for four generations. Her brother is Peter Upward, whose paintings are displayed in all major galleries in Australia. Peter and Penelope grew up in the paint room behind His Majesty's Theatre Melbourne where their grandfather George Upward designed the stage sets and painted the giant backdrops. Penelope trained as a painter and undertook filmmaking (Aboriginal Land Rights NSW-1980), and then after two graduate years at ANU, took up writing. Penelope holds a number of qualifications including BA Visual Arts, Grad. Dip. of Education, Grad. Dip. of Art History and Curatorship ANU, and Cert. II in Conservation & Cultural Preservation.

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        Florrie Forde

Florrie Forde

This is a biographical musical play about the colourful life and times of famous music hall performer and pantomime star Florrie Forde, born Melbourne 1875, died Aberdeen Scotland 1940, after singing to wounded sailors two months before the Battle of Britain. After four years learning her stage skills in Australia, Florrie sailed for England in 1897 where she became a household name. From 1903 she made 700 recordings and was in pantomime for 35 years; her work is recorded in major collections of libraries in Australia, as well as the Victorian Arts Centre, National Film and Sound Archives, the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the British Film Industry (BFI) and the British Library. Florrie Forde was the writer's grandmother's elder sister.


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Biographical musical play 120 min

Male:  8            Female:  6            Other:  10 children

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