Magda's Fascination With Wax Cats

by Maxine Mellor

Magda wears glasses, has tree-trunk legs and has a bull-bar on her teeth. Everyone that knows her calls her ‘Mong’, including…


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Magda wears glasses, has tree-trunk legs and has a bull-bar on her teeth. Everyone that knows her calls her ‘Mong’, including her family. Her only friend is a dead cat. But amidst her introverted state and obscure imaginings, Magda is hoarding a very, very dark secret. Magda’s lyrical prose takes us deeper into the twisted life and psychology of someone who is ‘too dead to stop it/ too alive to stop it’ with extraordinary effect.

Production History

Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats had its premier season at the Australian Theatre for Young People. It has since had a season in Brisbane’s Metro Arts.

Published alongside Post Office Rose by Linda Hassall, The Knowing of Mary Poppins by Marcel Dorney, Leah Mercer et al, and Harriers by Marcel Dorner in the collection Independent Brisbane: Four Plays

ISBN 9780908156696


"Magda's Fascination with Wax Cats is an incandescent commentary amid the cornfields that surround her anonymous flyspeck town in remote rural Australia."

Australian Stage

"Mellor's writing is rich and rhythmic."

Sydney Morning Herald

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