Skip to main content

Mr Baileys Minder

July 2018

About Mr Bailey's Minder

The play centres around Leo Bailey, one of Australia's greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing, can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of minders, until Therese comes along, fresh out of prison and determined to make a go of her limited options.

Mr Bailey's Minder is a tough, funny and big-hearted play. It's about shame and judgment, about who deserves to be loved and forgiven. It looks at how people exploit each other and where they find the beauty; and the qualities of transcendence, letting go and forgiveness.

"Like her character Leo Bailey, playwright Debra Oswald reveals the luminous inner beauty of ordinary men and women emotionally scarred by life." - Mark Hopkins, Sydney Morning Herald

7th - 14th July

  • Location: Courthouse Theatre

  • Genre: Drama

  • Playwright: Debra Oswald

  • Director: Linda Davey

About the Director

Linda Davey

Linda has been a theatre-maker for over four decades in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. Linda’s onstage theatre credits cover major roles in drama, comedy and music theatre since the 1970s. As a professional director, her 2013 production of A Tender Thing (Full Circle Theatre/Brisbane Powerhouse) gained three Queensland Matilda Award nominations including best independent production. She has also been a sought-after director of community theatre with her bold adaptation of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal (Adelaide Repertory Theatre) winning the 2006 Adelaide Critics Circle Coopers Award for best production.

Originally graduating from Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, she has sustained a long interest in arts pedagogy and applied arts in the community. She was artistic director of The Art of Living, Mobilong Prison Arts Festival (2006), funded by Arts SA/Richard Llewellyn Trust, where she developed the original work with prisoners: Voices of Restoration featuring ABC’s Charles Southwood, and the prison production of Suitcase Stories. She then began a theatre program for incarcerated women in Queensland culminating in public performances of the devised works Home Again (2012) and Her Name is Alice (2013), and was Research Fellow for a national research project mapping performing arts in Australian prisons.

In addition to her theatre work, Linda is also a respected psychologist, her professional skills and experience falling uniquely at the intersection of theatre, psychology, music and education.


Debra Oswald is a respected Australian playwright, children’s novelist, and writer for screen. She was creator and head writer for the series Offspring for the Ten Network. Her other well known plays include Dags and The Peach Season and Stories in the Dark for younger audiences. She is currently working on a new novel A New Bright Year which is due for release in 2018.


  • 2004 Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting Mr Bailey’s Minder
  • 2005 Seaborn Playwright’s Prize for The Peach Season
  • 2008 Best Play in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Stories in the Dark
  • 2011 Best TV Screenplay NSW Premier's Literary Award and the 2014 AACTA Award for Offspring
  • 2014 Best TV Screenplay AACTA Awards Offspring