Last walk on bridge

THOUSANDS SAY GOOD­BYE

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

BLUE skies, sun­shine and thousands of peo­ple turned out for a walk across Old Man­durah Bridge on Sun­day.

Even a pod of dol­phins made an ap­pear­ance as lo­cals farewelled the iconic struc­ture.

There was a re­laxed and happy vibe as res­i­dents en­joyed stilt walk­ers and rov­ing en­ter­tain­ers wan­dered through the crowds. Four dif­fer­ent types of com­mem­o­ra­tive post­cards were handed out. Other give­aways in­cluded 500 small corked glass bot­tles con­tain­ing a piece of the old bridge tim­ber. The old bridge is due to be closed next month but an ex­act date is not yet known.

The bridge has linked Man­durah with Halls Head since it was opened by then Works Min­is­ter John Tonkin in 1953 and many gen­er­a­tions have fished from its plat­forms.

It re­placed an ear­lier bridge built in 1894, which re­placed a ferry.

AU­DI­TIONS are be­ing held for the cheeky com­edy Ladies Night at Rock­ing­ham Theatre Com­pany.

Writ­ten by Stephen Sin­clair and An­thony McCarten, Ladies

Night tells the story of four un­em­ployed guys who get mo­ti­vated by The Chip­pen­dales to form a male strip­ping act and make some fast cash to cover their debts.

They talk Bernie, a lo­cal club owner, into let­ting them per­form in the club.

Mean­while, they take danc­ing and “move­ment” les­sons from Glenda, a slightly “shop-worn” ex­otic dancer.

The cast re­quired is seven men and one woman, ages 25 and up.

No full frontal nu­dity is re­quired, but men (apart from two) must be pre­pared to strip and show their bare bot­toms in the play.

The au­di­tion will fea­ture read­ing ex­cerpts from the script, learn­ing a few ba­sic moves and a trial strip. Au­di­tions are at Rock­ing­ham Theatre on Wed­nes­day, August 30 at 7.30pm and the play goes on in Novem­ber.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from Ali­son on 0417 717 520. The pro­duc­tion will run in Novem­ber.

The Old Man­durah Bridge will close next month.

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