Mother & Son

15 July 2020

Produced by Jally Entertainment

She's back! Everyone’s favourite forgetful mum is headed to Cessnock!

From the creator of the hit TV series Mother & Son, comes a delightful stage comedy featuring Maggie, Arthur, Robert and Liz.

Geoffrey Atherden penned the first episodes in 1984 creating an instant classic, now many years later, he has done it again! Julie McGregor and Christopher Truswell will take on the roles made famous by Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald in this nostalgic trip down “loss-of-memory lane”.

Mother & Son reinvigorates a treasured Australian comedy icon with Atherden’s distinctive brand of acerbic wit, mixing together the sweet, the sharp, the savage and the sad in Maggie and Arthur’s complex, dysfunctional relationship. This freshened version of the beloved Logie Award-winning show finds long-suffering second son Arthur Beare hoping for the chance to finally take his new flame Anita away on a little holiday.

His only chance for a break however involves recruiting help from his successful but selfish brother Robert – but the firstborn favourite has enough on his hands. The philandering dentist has been doing distinctly unhygienic things with his hygienist – and when his wife finds out, Arthur’s troubles double as Robert lands on the doorstep. It doesn’t help that manipulative Maggie is in fine form and sabotaging Arthur’s chances of romance at every turn.

Creative Team

Director Aarne Neeme

 Aarne began his professional theatre career in 1962. He has worked mainly as a theatre director and as a lecturer in both vocational and academic institutions, throughout Australia and in New Zealand and Singapore. He has been the Artistic Director of a number of organisations, Head of the Theatre Department at WAAPA, and the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships. Has directed well over 250 productions, specialising in new Australian work, and in recent years has also turned his hand to television drama.

Playwright Geoffrey Atherden AM

Geoffrey Atherden is a lapsed architect who launched himself slowly into a writing career back in the days of the Architecture Reviews at Sydney University. He practiced architecture for many years, and during that time he was a major contributing writer for the first series of The Aunty Jack Show. He is best known for his television series Mother and Son and has won numerous awards for it as well as for other television work, including Eggshells, One Day Miller and a United Nations Media Peace Prize for Babakiueria. His first play, Hotspur, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, played successful seasons in Melbourne and Sydney in 1994. He is a member of the Board of the New South Wales Film and Television Office and was president of the Australian Writers Guild from 1994 to 1998.

Set Design John Bailey

 John is a third-generation builder, having re-honed his skills to designing and building theatre sets for Jally Entertainment. His stunning sets are often complex, yet very adaptable to a large variety of venues they are required to fit. John has worked alongside a range of directors including Peter Sumner, Alli Pope, Dale Pengelly, Val Lehman, Aarne Neeme and Tony Bonner on productions of  The Full Monty, The Producers, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (QPAC), Gallipoli – A Manual of Trench Warfare, Steaming, Popcorn, Sleuth, Ladies Night, The Castle, Calendar Girls, An Evening with Groucho, Menopause the Musical and many others with The Adelaide Fringe Festival, Burswood Casino Perth, Adelaide Festival Centre and Crown Casino Melbourne. Working with talented scenic artist, Ziggy Moskwa, John has developed many exciting, yet practical sets to suit intimate theatre spaces and full scale touring projects.

Scenic Artist Ziggy Moskwa

 One of Australia’s most sought after scenic artists. Currently working for the Festival Centre in South Australia.


Julie McGregor

Julie McGregor has appeared in numerous T.V series including A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters. She was a regular performer on Son of Naked Vicar (for which she won a Best New Talent Sammy Award in 1978). However, she is best known to Australian audiences for her role as “Betty”, the red-haired, ditsy secretary from Walgett, in the Australian television comedy series, Hey Dad..!, for which she was nominated for a Logie in 1992.

Her theatre credits include "Rona" in Kennedy's Children for the Melbourne Theatre Co and several productions at the Nimrod Theatre. Film roles include “Anna” in Backroads, directed by Phillip Noyce and “Kate” in Palm Beach, directed by Albie Thoms. Julie also played “Adele” in Big River, for the Hunter Valley Theatre, for which she received Best Actress and she won a Green Room Award for Best Actress as “Louise” in Always Patsy Cline, which toured Australia in 2001.

Christopher Truswell

Born in Manchester England, Christopher Truswell started working as a professional actor at the age of seventeen in 1982, when he landed one of the lead roles in Ken Cameron's comedy feature, Fast Talking as “Moose” alongside Steve Bisley and later worked with Cameron again on the ABC telemovie, Crime of the Decade. Christopher's big break came in 1986 when he was offered the part of "Nudge" in Channel Seven's long- running sitcom Hey Dad..!

 After a long stint with the comedy series, Christopher left to pursue his passion as a musician and singer with various cover bands and with theatrical productions such as Godspell at the Sydney Opera House, Peter Pan, A Bedfull of Foreigners, The Wind in the Willows, The Merchant of Venice, Bananas in Pyjamas - Live on Stage and most recently as “Macduff” in Macbeth for Wildfire Theatre.

Other credits include, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, La Spagnola, Underbelly 3, All Saints, All Together Now, Blue Murder: Killer Cop, ABC's tele-movie Riot as "Sergeant Bennett" and the soon to be released Smoke Between Trees, set in Christopher's home town of Katoomba, New South Wales.


Wednesday, 15 July at 8pm


2 hours 10 minutes, including interval


“Mother & Son on stage is a social commentary on changing times. It is all about the art of ageing – and will succeed as long as we continue to laugh out loud (LOL) at ourselves.” - Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle

“The fine nuanced acting and direction are superb – comedy is all about timing, and there were no miss-hits in this production.” - SCENESTR

Online comments

“Great entertainment! Lots of laughs from the audience as all enjoyed it. Well paced throughout though naturally building up towards a climax of confusions!”

“Updated to the new millennium, gently paced comedy Mother & Son maintains a ready charm and a light, breezy air.”


Adult $55.00

Group 6+ $50.00

Concession/CPAC Member $48.00

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  • Temporary Closure

    23-Mar-2020 -

    In accordance with the NSW Public Health Order banning indoor mass gatherings of more than 100 people until 16 June 2020, several productions that were scheduled at CPAC have been forced to cancel or postpone until later in the year. In light of this fact, CPAC will be closed until further notice.

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