Maude Davey Will Direct Reading of Theresa Borg’s DAME & COMMANDER

Antipodes Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to announce the final entry in their 2020 Ricochet Reading Series, Theresa Borg’s Dame & Commander. The virtual reading will be streamed live to the ATC Facebook Page on Monday 7th December at 7:00pm and remain available for one week.

A wildly ambitious reflection on the legacy of Australian actress Judith Anderson, Dame & Commander is composed of four playlets that each address a pivotal role from Anderson’s career. Whether conquering the New York stage as Hamlet and Medea, earning an Oscar nomination for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, or tapping into Star Trek fandom as the Vulcan High Priestess T’Lar, Anderson’s versatility and impact is brought to surreal life by playwright Theresa Borg. The reading will be directed by Maude Davey (Dance Nation) and features Caroline Lee (Escaped Alone) in the Dame Judith Anderson roles, along with Lucy Ansell (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Dan Witton (Anthem), and Harvey Zielinski (Hir).

Theresa Borg is a singing actor, writer, director and producer. Her professional credits in music theatre and opera include Christine (The Phantom of the Opera), Cosette (Les Miserables),  Fosca (Passion) and Musetta (La Boheme). She has written and directed over 30 musicals for young families under international license to Disney, Warner Brothers, Sesame Street Workshop and others. These shows toured nationally and globally. Her direction credits include The Consul at 45 Downstairs, The Light in the Piazza at Arts Centre Melbourne and Sweeney Todd starring Anthony Warlow. Theresa’s play JUMP!, a fantasia on Egon Kisch’s 1934 visit to Australia, was recently read in completion of her VCA Masters of Theatre (Writing).

Antipodes Theatre Company seeks to provide a collaborative and inclusive environment for producing independent theatre in Melbourne. ATC strives for inclusive hiring practices through a commitment to at least 50% of all positions filled by women, ethnically diverse artists, trans and non-binary artists, artists with disability, seniors, or other members of historically or culturally marginalised communities.

Post-show forum: ATC Artistic Director Brandon Pape will moderate a question-and-answer session following the reading. Viewers can submit questions in the comments section.

Dame & Commander

Part of the Ricochet Reading Series

Available on the Antipodes Theatre Company Facebook Page

Premieres on Monday 7th December, 2020 at 7:00pm (video will be available to view for one week)

Free, viewers are encouraged make a tax-deductible donation at


Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

One thought on “Maude Davey Will Direct Reading of Theresa Borg’s DAME & COMMANDER

  • As Judith Anderson’s biographer I can’t wait to see this. Viewers who want to know more of this wonderful Aussie actress, please read my Judith Anderson: Australian Star, First Lady of the American Stage.


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