MONUMENT by Emily Sheehan

Producer: Red Stitch Actors' Theatre
Writer: Emily Sheehan
Directed By: Ella Caldwell

Succession meets Barbie. Political, feminist and laugh-out-loud.

Synopsis

Edith Aldridge is the youngest woman to be elected leader of her country. In the lush presidential suite of a heritage listed hotel, she has just ninety minutes to get ready for the biggest day of her life. Enter Rosie, a twenty-two-year-old makeup artist from the David Jones counter, sent to help Edith get camera ready. In Rosies capable hands, this morning will be a breeze. So long as they both stick to the brief. Over the course of their 90 minutes together, Rosie expertly does Edith’s make-up, hair and styling. The safe space of the makeup chair takes effect and secrets bubble up; the political machinations that have facilitated Edith’s rise to power, the crippling after pay debt resulting from Rosie’s “rage spending” addiction. An unlikely friendship develops between these two women of different generations and class backgrounds, ultimately shifting the trajectory of both Edith and Rosie’s lives.

Short Reviews

★★★★ A clever and highly entertaining comedy about class.
Arts Hub
★★★★
 Contemporary politics is expertly skewered in this ambitious, flawlessly performed two-hander.
Limelight
★★★★★
 A masterful work that intricately balances humour and poignancy.
On The House

Video

Technical Information

Touring Party: 3
Bump-in Time: 6 hrs
Bump-out Time: 4 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

The lighting must be pre-rigged, patched, coloured and flashed out prior to company arrival.

COMPANY TO SUPPLY 

  • 1x Chandelier 

Needs to be suspended from grid (per lighting plan) so top of chandelier is ~2400mm above rostra top 

  • Light box for OP window 
  • Standard touring Lighting Plan. Venue specific plans can be negotiated. 

PRESENTER TO SUPPLY 

  • Lighting console/controller running EOS 
  • Minimum of 4x 12 channel dimmer racks 
  • 14x Selecon Acclaim Fresnel 650w 
  • 14x ETC Source 4 Junior 25°/50° 575w 
  • 5x Minim F 
  • 3x Selecon Compact Fresnel 1200w 
  • 1x ETC Source 4 50° 575w 
  • 2x Selecon Acclaim PC 650w 
  • 8x CorePar 80 
  • 3x EK Profile LED 36 degree 
  • 1x CCT Minuette Fresnel
  • All power, data and gels

Audio

2 x FOH speakers, L &R

1 x Subwoofer

1 x Spot FX speaker

Staging

  • Floor Panels
  • Semie Circle Rostra
  • Air shaped Rostra
  • Rostra to be screwed to floor
  • Flats
  • Backdrop curtains, hung on poles with base plates
  • Hanging clothes rail

Transport Notes

  • 1 Truck

Audience & Marketing Notes

Uplifting & socially relevant comedy:A new Australian play investigating pertinent themes of women in positions of power, societal beauty standards & the nuances of perception. Audiences interested in mainstream, socially relevant storytelling will love this production. What sets Monument apart is its seamless blend of poignant commentary with broad comedy, making it an uplifting & entertaining theatrical experience. Real-time beauty makeover:Over the 90 minutes, Rosie meticulously applies Edith

Selling Points

  • Comedy
  • Uplifting socially relevant
  • Succession meets Barbie!
  • Appealing to teenagers and young adults - VCE studies
  • Local Australian writer
  • Real time beauty make over

Community Engagement

    Details

    Contact

    Ella

    Caldwell

    0403849113

    Genre

    Audience

    Venue Format

    Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor

    Duration

    95 minutes Minutes

    Available Until (from - to)

    03/03/2025

    14/09/2025

    Budget & Fees

    What are these? Find out more.

    In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

    Remount: $21459.00

    Weekly Sell Off: $13085.63

    Per Performance: $3784.13

    Royalties: 15%%
    Apra Obligations: n/a

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