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Everyone’s favourite forgetful mum sets her sights on CPAC


Geoffrey Atherden penned the first episodes of Mother & Son for the ABC back in 1984, creating an instant television classic.

Now, 38 years later, he revisited his famous characters for the stage.

And, it’s heading to the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 23 March.

Mother & Son reinvigorates a treasured Australian comedy icon, with Atherden’s distinctive brand of acerbic wit mixing together the sweet, the sharp, the savage and the sad in Maggie and Arthur’s complex, dysfunctional relationship.

Julie McGregor (A Country Practice, Hey Dad..!) and Christopher Truswell (Hey Dad..!, Underbelly)  – themselves no strangers to television audiences – take on the roles made famous by Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald in this nostalgic trip down “loss-of-memory lane”.

This refreshed and updated version of the beloved Logie Award-winning show finds long-suffering second son Arthur Beare hoping for the chance to finally take his new flame Anita away on a little holiday.

His only chance for a break however involves recruiting help from his successful but selfish brother Robert – but the first-born favourite has enough on his hands.

The philandering dentist has been doing distinctly unhygienic things with his hygienist – and when his wife finds out, Arthur’s troubles double as Robert lands on the doorstep.

It doesn’t help that manipulative Maggie is in fine form and sabotaging Arthur’s chances of romance at every turn.

Updated for the new millennium, gently-paced comedy Mother & Son maintains a ready charm and a light, breezy air that is sure to engage both fans of the source material and newcomers alike.

Tickets are on sale at the CPAC Box Office, by phone on 4993 4266 or online at


MOTHER & SON – Wednesday 23 March – 8pm

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

Bookings: or phone 4993 4266

For more information on the production, visit

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