Mr. Bailey’s Minder

By Debra Oswald

Directed by Janine Francis

Season – 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 September, 4 and 5 October 2019.


The play centres around Leo Bailey, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcoholism, cynicism and self-loathing, who can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of minders, until Therese comes along, fresh out of prison and determined to make a go of her limited options.  

Mr Bailey’s Minder is a tough, funny and big-hearted play. It’s about shame and judgment, about who deserves to be loved and forgiven. It looks at how people exploit each other and where they find the beauty; and the qualities of transcendence, letting go and forgiveness.


LEO BAILEY Artist 60’s – 70’s. Leo delivers insults out of a reeling, alcoholic daze. Dirty and dishevelled, he lurches and shakes, cursing Margot and threatening Therese. From this stumbling stupor, Leo gradually transforms, despite the many illnesses with which his body is wracked.

MARGO Leo’s daughter 30’s. Margo is cold and aloof. She is tense, distant, completely ill-at-ease in this house she used to call home. She suffers Leo’s verbal abuse with dogged stiffness, her sense of duty only just overpowering the deep hurt and embarrassment of his vicious insults.

THERESE Leo’s Minder 20’s. Therese is the connecting linchpin of the play – Therese transforms from hesitant, awkward street girl to understanding carer, exploring a range of emotions that lead to a growing sense of self-awareness and assurance.

GAVIN/KARL Duel role 20’s – 30’s. Gavin, an iniquitous shark who steals Leo’s signatures, and Karl, the benign, inoffensive odd-job man who befriends Leo and Therese.

Cold read – no prepared piece required.

Audition held at the Chelmer Community Centre, Cnr. Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets, Chelmer.

Please contact the Director for more information: Mob. 0449 187 910 or

All welcome.