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Nigel Sutton & Jenny Hope in Dora fay Davenport Show

The Dora Fay Davenport Show - How to achieve domestic bliss

This very popular one - hour touring theatre production is set in a television studio in 1957. Playing to over 10,000 seniors across Australia this uproariously funny and charming show was recently staged for the first time in Hurstbridge Victoria during the 2013 Victorian Seniors Festival. The show was a huge success, bringing the local community together to reminisce about life in Hurstbridge and surrounding areas in the 1950's. Community involvment is integral to the success of this show and the Hurstbridge CWA did an amazing job providing 1950's inspired slices during and after the show. The support of Hurstbridge Traders Association and Nillumbik Shire Council was greatly appreciated with a special thanks to Petra Leaford from Leaford Designs.

Nigel Sutton_ The Dora Fay Davenport Show_ Diamond Valley Leader

Do you remember a time before automatic washing machines, refrigerators and the indoor loo? Then turn your clocks back 50 years and bring your memories along to the first episode of The Dora Fay Davenport Show – How to achieve domestic bliss, an uproariously funny and delightful life-style show set in 1957. This hilarious and heart warming show is for everyone who can remember the fifties and all those who wish they were there.

It’s 1957 and the dust has just settled on the Melbourne Olympics. Bob Menzies is still in the lodge, and the epitome of Australian womanhood, Dora Fay Davenport, is about to debut her new lifestyle show, The Dora Fay Davenport Show - How to achieve domestic bliss.

Set in an Australian television studio in 1957, it is the first episode of a live-to-air lifestyle show hosted by the gracious and charming Mrs. Dora Fay Davenport, a fictitious celebrity (played by Jenny Hope) right out of the pages of a 1950's women's magazine. Join Dora and her guest, Clarence Cartwright (played by Nigel Sutton), as she whips up a cake in the kitchen and gives home cooking tips to the studio audience. This one hour live interactive show includes home care tips, outrageous television commercials, etiquette advice and relationship advice all from the 1950's.

Designed as a piece of reminiscence theatre to evoke memories of 1950's Australia, with seniors as the target audience, it encourages lively discussion between performers and audience about the past and how it has influenced the present. The production was originally developed by Nigel Sutton of NDS Productions in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and draws inspiration from the Museum’s National Historical Collection.

The production has been touring since 2006 and has been staged in NSW, ACT and Victoria. If you would like to know more about this outstanding example of reminiscence theatre or if you are intrested in booking this production please contact us directly. contact