Dianna Nixon – Millicent

Dalton Hall 2pm to 4pm
The Old Picture House Gallery and Theatre, Gunning, 6pm to 8pm
24 April 2021

Millicent Armstrong was a Gunning soldier settler farmer and a playwright – a reading of four of her one act plays will be the first performance presented by the newly formed Music Theatre Projects P/L under the leadership of musician, teacher, composer and director Dianna Nixon.  Dianna is also a Gunning resident and found the story of Millicent, along with her plays, irresistible.

Dianna Nixon talks to Barbie about Millicent

From 1916 Millicent was attached as an orderly to a unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service and worked from March 1917 at the ancient Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise, France. 

Upon her return to Australia she owned and ran a café in Goulburn and in 1921 she applied under the Returned Solders Settlement Act for a land title in Gunning. She was granted 1028 acres.

During her early years in the country Millicent completed at least three one-act plays which were based on her experiences: Fire,  Drought and At Dusk 

Two other plays, Thomas and Penny Dreadful, both drawing-room dramas, were published with Drought in a selection of her work in 1958.

The works have been little performed since then and it is from a determination to see the Australian literary canon restored that MTP has embarked upon this season. Notably the premiere performances are in a regional setting, so appropriate to the works themselves and to the raison d’etre of Dianna Nixon’s new production company.

Tickets via Eventbrite.: https://www. eventbrite.com.au/e/millicent-armstrong-playwright-and-farmer-tickets-143026669619

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