Sandy left for Los Angeles in a time when Australian actors weren’t the flavour of the month. During her tumultuous time in Los Angeles she appeared in a series of plays written and directed by John Cassavetes alongside Peter Falk, Jon Voight and Gena Rowlands. Sandy also played the pivotal role of Chrissy in David Rabes Boom Boom Room to great acclaim. She was selected for this role from over 150 actresses. At the same time Sandy was living with a debilitating mental disorder. She was hospitalised twice, either for depression or bipolar disorder, professional diagnoses differed. Eventually Sandy returned to Melbourne to learn the dangers of Shit Happens.
Written and performed by Sandy MacGregor
Directed by Beng Oh
Dramaturgy by Jane Miller
Curated by Malcolm Robertson
Designed by Christina Logan-Bell I
Image by Sophia Constantine
Originally curated for La Mama 2015 Explorations by the late Malcolm Robertson.
Produced by 15 Minutes From Anywhere
Sandy Macgregor is mesmerising. She is a brilliant story teller with a story to tell. To hear her tell of her highs and lows as an actress in Australia and the US was fascinating. Nothing is needed other than the woman herself.
Rather than another actor telling her story, she does so brilliantly, reliving every second and taking the audience with her on a powerful journey.
For seventy minutes I followed her story, visualizing every joy as her eyes lit up and feeling the pain as she reminisced about the low times. I cried, I laughed and it was genuine.
Shit Happens deserves to be on the stage with a full house and Sandy Macgregor in full glory telling it, to anyone interested in the world of entertainment or anyone who likes a generous well told, honest human interest story. This woman is unique.
– Melbourne Observer
Check out Sandy’s website HERE