Almost Human is the ‘warts and all’ story of survival of Maggie Diaz who arrived in Melbourne in 1961 on a one-way ticket, as a divorce gift. This biopic script reading is a tribute to a woman who walked both sides of the street and found her way of being in the world via a lens. Diaz pushed beyond the realms of what was thought possible for a woman despite the frailty of her body and mind. This is the first phase of ‘Almost Human’ the movie – a project supported by La Mama and our audience whose ticket price helps us pay our professional cast. Audience members will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to acquire their very own signed and framed ‘Champagne Lady’ an iconic Diaz image 13/25 and valued at over $2000. All proceeds go towards production costs.
Written by Angelo Salamanca and Gwendolen De Lacy
Produced by: Gwendolen De Lacy
Directed by: Angelo Salamanca
Performed by: Helen Morse, Libby Tanner, Michael Veitch, Drew Tingwell, Carolyn Masson, Adam May, Eloise Mignon, Belinda Kirwan, Serge Denardo, Josie Eberhard, Jasper Bagg, Chris Hides, Gwendolen De Lacy
Photograph by Maggie Diaz
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 75%: Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.