Gar­rick The­atre’s lat­est

Midland Reporter - - Front Page -

IT’s not of­ten that a play is per­formed on the stage for which it was written, but Max Harvey’s Cocky’s Crossing re­turns to the Gar­rick The­atre this month – 20 years af­ter its open­ing night.

Mr Harvey, a long-time Mun­dar­ing res­i­dent and vet­eran mu­si­cian, de­signed it to fit on the stage which he most loved and where he has per­formed in more than 40 plays.

Cocky’s Crossing is a rol­lick­ing mu­si­cal set in the mid­dle of a cy­clone in out­back Aus­tralia, where a group of Euro­pean tourists are stranded in the bar of the Rail­way Ho­tel with an as­sort­ment of colour­ful lo­cals.

Mr Harvey said it is a story about an English­man who thought he’d bought a pub, but got did­dled be­cause he ended up with only half of it and has no money left to go back home.

“It’s seen through the vivid imag­i­na­tion of the English­man’s daugh­ter, a de­mure girl with an al­ter ego that is sexy and sen­su­ous, proud and tem­pes­tu­ous,” he said.

“She trans­forms her­self into some­one who is beau­ti­ful and brave – and if she doesn’t drive men to drink, she kills them.

“Ev­ery char­ac­ter has their mo­ment to shine and take cen­tre stage at some point.”

Mr Harvey wrote the words and scored the mu­sic, which ranges from Mex­i­can, to Charleston, bal­lad, coun­try and ro­bust western, with a love song for good mea­sure.

Di­rec­tor Su­san Vin­cent said she chose to do the pro­duc­tion as a tribute to Mr Harvey, who has written seven mu­si­cals and two plays, which have been per­formed in theatres around WA.

“Be­ing the 85th an­niver­sary of Gar­rick this year, I thought it would be great to res­ur­rect this highly en­ter­tain­ing and de­light­ful mu­si­cal Max had written,” she said.

Sam Til­brook plays John and Me­gan West plays Mary in Cocky’s Crossing.

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