The Actress dramatises the events backstage as a colourful, complicated actress makes her emotional farewell performance. Various people from her life invade her dressing room to say their goodbyes, declare their love, roar with laughter, spit insults, grab a final embrace, and renew old battles.
"[T]his play is rich... Peter Quilter's characters ring true."The Woodinville Weekly
"The audience was thrilled and greatly moved by the show."Dez Minutos de Arte
"A huge success... The applause just didn't want to end... The play is full of witty dialogue that is also philosophically profound... A smart, intelligent and very amusing play."The Mercury
LYDIA MARTIN - the actress (in her late 40s, 50s, or 60s)
KATHERINE - her dresser
CHARLES - her elderly fiance
HARRIET - her agent
NICOLE - her daughter (20s or early 30s)
PAUL - Nicole's father
MARGARET - the company manager
Actress, The (Quilter) Script
"The last show is always a very strange affair. It's like a party, a great buzz of excitement. But then each actor will leave, with laughter still ringing in the air and a cheery wave. Then it stops. And as you watch each of them walk down the street, they look terribly lonely. That's the thing about it, you see. After all the applause and elation, we walk home alone. And that's who actors are - the happiest, saddest people you'll ever meet."