Stainless, performed by Maggie Millar, is inspired by Millar’s own extraordinary life and was especially written for her by her friend, the author Jane Hyde.
The play is a heart rending story of the ongoing repercussions of the premature and permanent separation of mother and child in the adoption process and the pitiless and cruel treatment of women who transgressed the strict sexual mores of what Hyde has called the age of shame.
Hyde however is too good a writer to concentrate only on the tragic elements inherent in the story. In describing a trial performance of the play she said “there was laughter among the tears, but overall the audience were deeply moved.”
“I would listen to Maggie Millar reading anything, and I don’t exclude the telephone directory!”
– Doris Leadbetter, poet & writer
“… a lustful, warm, superstitious, frank, comical, romantic and sexy woman”
– Helen Thomson, The Australian
“It is a joy to see an actor without the trappings of lighting, special effects or costumes. To be specific, it is a joy when the actor … (is) as skilful as Maggie Millar.”
– Kate Herbert, Herald-Sun
Written by Jane Hyde
Performed by Maggie Millar
Image by Kylie Kitchen