By Alison Mann

21–30 April 2016 at 8pm
Theatre Royal Backspace

Developed in The Cowshed, Blue Cow’s plays-and-playwrights development program. World Premiere production.

Patrick is a leading plastic surgeon. He wanted the perfect daughter. So he made her.


Director Annette Downs
Dramaturge Peter Matheson
Set and Costume Designer Jill Munro
Composer/ Sound Designer Heath Brown
Lighting Designer Aron Webb
Assistant Director Maeve Mhairi MacGregor
Costume & props coordination Rose Pidd
Additional costume construction Nicole Ottrey
Stage Manager Rose Pidd
Marketing Adelaide Reisz
Publicity & Front of House John Xintavelonis
Graphic Design Karen Kluss
Schools Liaison Jeff Michel


Georgia Blizzard Siri
Robert Jarman Patrick
Melissa King Nancy 


“Alison Mann’s substantial new play is another significant milestone for Blue Cow Theatre and its program for local writers, The Cowshed. …  Director Annette Downs has opted for clarity and simple styling across the play’s multiple themes and genres. Melissa King brings a welcome grounding to the role of Nancy. Robert Jarman is almost charming as the slightly nightmarish Dr. Patrick. Georgia Blizzard in her professional debut, gives a strikingly nuanced performance as the loyal daughter and med student Siri, drawing from the audience both deep empathy and a very particular horror.” – The Mercury

“Mann’s script – a product of Blue Cow’s ‘Cowshed’ development hothouse – takes the audience on a surprising journey full of twists and revelations that make it impossible to have a comfortable or complacent view of any one of the three characters on stage. … Director Annette Downs has kept the pedal to the metal; the finely-judged pace meant that not even an opening night lighting glitch (technology!) could eject the audience from their involvement. The actors are beautifully supported by elegant design by Jill Munro, soundscape by Heath Brown and lights by Aron Webb. But I think, for me, the absolute star of the show is Mann’s script, which is by turns tender, brutal, visceral, and laugh-out-loud funny.” – Dr. Danielle Wood