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words | Elena Scialtiel

the bag lady bags the prize Winning Best Actress at the 2013 Drama Festival — an adult award for a barely 18-year-young woman — Alex Menez already has an enviable performing portfolio, and is determined to make it in the showbiz world beyond our shores. “I was not expecting to win this cup,” admits Alex Menez naively. She’s a pretty brunette with a dazzling smile and big brown eyes framed by sculpted eyebrows. “When the adjudicator called up Demi Green as the youth award winner for her performance in The C Word, I thought that was it, there was nothing left for me. And she deserved it, young Demi, don’t get me wrong, she delivered a spotless performance... I didn’t realise I was actually running against all the great experienced actresses in adult plays until my name was called...” The auditorium roared with applause to welcome back on stage the instantly loveable character, as layered as her outfit and as

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colourful as her pom-pom scarf. Alex played Dotty in Christopher Morgan’s one-act comedy drama Going Underground, where seven people from different walks of life sit side by side on the tube, and mull over their life hopes and disappointments in a series of bittersweet monologues. Dotty is the first to hop on and the last to hop off, so pulling together the gallery of oddballs that sit next to her, sharing some stops on this symbolic journey. She is an ‘excitable’ bag lady in her 70s who believes she is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz — and she is quite content in her fantasy, sparked by her watching the movie over and over in her childhood, to the point it engulfed her life.

Her blissful and oblivious expression and her matter-of-fact attitude rule out any bitterness towards having locked herself up in eternal childhood to escape her memories of an abusive household. It gets more heartwrenching as the audience realises she doesn’t acknowledge or hold responsible her dysfunctional family for her delusional state. Not an easy character to portray, especially if you are half a century younger, and yet Alex pulled it off brilliantly, both visually and vocally, without slipping out of character and rocking her hobo look like a seasoned model. “I like playing ‘mental’ characters,” she says, “but I had never played a crazy lady before and this was my biggest role so far. Monologues

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