Caddie is based on the autobiography of a Sydney barmaid who, adandoned by her husband, struggled through the Depression to bring up two children. It is a sensitively-told story of one woman’s fight – not a militant, but rather one of the masses; an unsung heroine.
Helen Morse, in the title role, maintains a wonderful dignity that is typical of the character’s social class and aspirations. She never slips, and her scenes with the children are natural, especially at the fade out when despite a crushing personal disappointment, she rallies as soon as they appear.
But it is in her scenes with Takis Emmanuel that Caddie’s story takes on fire. Emmanuel, a Greek actor imported for the production, registers power immediately his face hits the screen.