comes from a long line of Vaudevillians and her first professional break came in 1993 when she was cast in Bran Nue Day which toured Australia. This was followed by more theatre productions and then in 1995 Purcell moved to Sydney to become the first presenter of RED on Galaxy TV.
A role in the main cast of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Police Rescue followed her television presenting work and in 1997 Purcell was nominated for her performance in an episode of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Fallen Angels. After these series Purcell moved on to the most ambitious project of her career, Box The Pony, a semi factual account of her life.
Purcell conceived, wrote and directed Box The Pony which was the smash hit of the 1997 Olympic Arts Festival's Festival of the Dreaming and was critically acclaimed at the 1998 Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival of the Arts and the 1999 Edinburgh Arts Festival. Box The Pony performed to capacity houses in a return season in September 1999 at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, and then at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Reconciliation Celebrations in June 2000.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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