Maria Plumb is a Life member of the Villanova Players and has been performing since the age of 6, when the nuns at Barcaldine Convent School had her learn speeches to welcome dignitaries on various occasions.
She joined Villanova Players in 1962 and her first role was in Our Hearts Were Young and Gay.
Since then she has performed in The Miracle Worker, Woman in a Dressing Gown,
A Doll's House, Money and Friends, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Her most recent roles were as Patricia HighSmith in Switzerland and in The Mad Woman of Chaillot.
For Brisbane Arts Theatre she has performed in Death of a Salesman
for Camerata Old Times", and for Community Theatre Cabaret in An Italian Straw Hat.
While on a working holiday in London, Maria studied acting at the Marian Naylor School,
and directing at the City Literary Institute.
Maria has directed Stage Door, Travelling North, Away, The Busybody ,Fresh Fields andThe Good Doctor.
Maria was a reader and script development advisor for Playlab and Playlab Press for many years.
Sir Ronald Harwood was a South African-born British author, playwright, and screenwriter,
best known for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser
and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
One of the recurring themes in Harwood's work
was his fascination with the stage and performing artists,
as shown in The Dresser, After the Lions (about Sarah Bernhardt),
Another Time (a semi-autobiographical piece about a gifted South African pianist) and
Quartet (about ageing opera singers)
and his non-fiction book All the World's a Stage, a general history of theatre.
Opera is: when a guy's stabbed in the back,
instead of bleeding, he sings!