We're currently in the midst of final acting rehearsals for the "Australia Day" play which opens on Australia Day at Redland Museum. After 3 months immersed in it, I have to say it's been an absolute delight working with director, Ray Noonan, and fellow cast and crew from Mates Theatre Genesis.
I have vivid memories of feeling overwhelmingly awkward at school Speech and Drama classes, so it's been a wonderful surprise to discover that acting can be a ton of fun. It's a learning curve for sure, but I've got an inkling that's what makes it so enjoyable.
My biggest lesson in this latest sojourn:
Drop the judgement!
Allow yourself to experiment and explore without judgement and wondrous things may develop.
.... it actually works
If you'd like to catch the show, it's a witty and irreverent take on our national identity, with some archetypal Aussie characters including: Wally the redneck builder, Brian the local mayor running for pre-selection in a federal seat, Roberta, his loyal and upstanding deputy, Maree, the ol' dear from the Country Womens' Association, Helen, the local Greens Councillor with a disabled son, and the character I play - Chester - an Australian Born Chinese School teacher who just loves to ham it up...
oh and I get to sing a bit too!
When: January 26 - February 3 (Evening Shows plus matinee on Sunday Feb 29)
Where: Redland Museum, 60 Smith St Cleveland
Book Online or phone 07 3286 3494 Dinner & Show options available.
Special thanks to the terrific cast and crew - Ray Noonan, Jan Nary, Chad Sherrin, Diana Gogulski, Suzanne Kelly, Roy Nunn, Ian Munday, Jacki Wiley, Donna Magrath, Barbara Collyer, James Auld, Greg Pope.
Upcoming Music Gigs:
Hope to see you somewhere soon.