mary coustas’ new stage show
This Is Personal
national tour 2023
This Is Personal is a candid and intimate one woman show that combines the coarse tapestry of Coustas’ migrant upbringing in Melbourne’s suburbs and her recent experience of motherhood.
Directed by Blazey Best (Well Behaved Women, Sensitive Guys, Kings for Pigs), Mary addresses questions from her inquisitive daughter, her answers forcing her to reflect on what she can offer from her own life experience… and more importantly what she can’t. To help, the audience meets the characters from Mary’s family who have shaped her life – including Mary’s younger self who created the suit of armour we’ve come to know as “Effie”.
Laced with Coustas’ comedic flair, This Is Personal is a kaleidoscopic exploration of love, loss, laughter and fear, and how all four come to define us.
Presented by the Sydney Opera House.
“I am ready to step away from the puppet and expose the puppeteer”.
NEW SHOW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
“But it’s her signature comedic flair that shines throughout, ensuring the performance is as hilarious as it is (sometimes) heartbreaking”
– Time Out
“This Is Personal’ is an absolute masterclass in theatrical storytelling. Mary Coustas is a seasoned pro and it shows in every minute that she knocks it out of the park at the Sydney Opera House. What a joy and a privilege it is to see a woman “of a certain age” absolutely owning her experience, creativity,
talent, wisdom and most of all her inherited gift “to find the funny.”
– Theatre Travels
Mary is one of Australia’s most loved actors, comedians & corporate speakers. In 1987 she became a member of the ground-breaking stage show ‘Wogs out of Work’, where her comic creation Effie was born. Her diverse TV, film and stage credits are numerous. Mary has written two books, ‘Effie’s Guide to Being Up Yourself’ and her critically acclaimed memoir ‘All I Know’. Mary’s warmth, popularity and professionalism makes her one of the most in demand public speakers.
Film, TV & Stage
inspirational, entertaining & empowering
For over 3 decades Mary has entertained and inspired the top corporate, financial, political, sporting and cultural communities. Whether the events are big or small, public or private Mary’s experience, warmth and humour has kept her in huge demand.
Type of Engagement
Master of Ceremonies
Topics of Discussion
Modern Day Woman
“Life’s not out to get us.
It’s there to teach us and introduce us to ourselves.”
Mary’s Corporate Work
TELSTRA EXCELERATE AWARDS – Master of Ceremonies
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF COMPANY DIRECTORS – Keynote
NAB AGRIBUSINESS WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – Keynote
AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES CONFERENCE – Keynote
BIDVEST CONFERENCE – FIJI – Keynote
PINK RIBBON BREAKFAST – Keynote
PRINCETON PHARMACEUTICAL BALL – MARY/EFFIE – Master of Ceremonies/Comedy Spot
RED CROSS RIBBON COMMITTEE – Keynote
ROTARY CLUB DARWIN – LADIES LONG LUNCH – Keynote
HEALTH TOURISM – LONDON & SYDNEY – Keynote & Host
INTERRELATE CONFERENCE – Keynote
NAB – AGRIBUSINESS WOMEN’S LUNCH – Keynote Speaker
GABI – WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON – Master of Ceremonies
FERTILITY NURSES AUSTRALIA – Keynote Speaker
MUM’S SOCIETY LUNCHEON – Speaker
MLC HIGH SCHOOL – Keynote Speaker
WORKLINK – STRESS LESS DAY – Keynote Speaker
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY – Keynote Speaker
G’DAY USA – LOS ANGELES – Speaker
DAVID JONES – ‘AT THE TABLE SERIES – Speaker
AAA NATIONAL AIRPORT INDUSTRY – AWARDS & GALA DINNER – Master of Ceremonies
I am just writing to say the biggest thanks to Mary for being a part of our ‘At the Table’ series on Monday. Mary was absolutely fantastic and shared her stories with such honesty and warmth and had everyone mesmerised with her strength and humour that she has displayed in times of such sorrow and struggle.
We really loved working with Mary and hope to do more with her in the future.
Publicity Manager – David Jones Limited
Mary Coustas as an Emcee started the morning drawing the audience in touching on the ever current issue of women’s health – breast cancer in particular. She had the attendees in the palm of her hand!! After helping other speakers through their session (each one was in tears!) it was Mary’s turn and did she deliver? It was her turn to tell her story and it was told from the heart, it was emotional, it was powerful – she was fantastic. She received a standing ovation! PROFESSIONAL, SINCERE, HONEST!!
Managing Consultant – ICMI Speakers & Entertainers
Producer – G’Day USA, The Oscars Governors Ball
Mary you are awesome and an absolute delight to work with and we will recommend you to as many clients as possible. Thank you for last night your ability to weave our messaging into a thoughtful considered level of humour was amazing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Director – EMG Events
You were a wild success with our students and staff who were inspired by the messages you presented to them.
Principal – MLC
You moved us all and how much you have taught us!
President – Red Cross
Film, TV & Stage
Key Film, TV & Stage Moments
“Nothing good comes from giving up”
– 60 Minutes
All I Know
by Mary Coustas
Mary’s memoir ‘All I Know’ revealed her decade long attempt to become a mother, her 23 IVF attempts and her multiple losses – including the death of her still-born daughter Stevie.
Her story touched the hearts of the nation after it was revealed in a 5 page book extract in the ‘Good Weekend magazine’ as well as on television 2 separate ‘60 Minutes’ stories. Mary’s motto of ‘Nothing good comes from giving up” was uttered on ’60 Minutes’ moments after giving birth to her healthy and beautiful daughter Jamie on the 25th Nov 2013.
The Impact of ‘All I Know’
I am writing to say thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Your honesty, bravery and consistent willingness to continue to live is an inspiration to all of us and I’m was very grateful to have read your book and finally feel like somebody could articulate the depth or devastation I have felt in myself.”
“Hi Mary, I have been wanting to write to you for many years to tell you what a profoundly amazing influence that you have had on my wife and I during our IVF journey. It’s hard to put into words how much you have inspired us. We both drew strength from your book and from the amazing courage and determination that you have. Because of you we are now achieving our dream of finally becoming parents. Thankyou for telling your story, you have made an enormous difference to our lives. We are forever grateful.”