Clink play delayed by cast troubles
LOCAL theatre-lovers have been dealt a blow by the news that the much-anticipated Jack Heywood production Mano Nera has been postponed.
“Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to postpone Mano Nera,” president of the Douglas Theatre Arts Group Graeme Lees Smith said.
“We really didn’t have a choice. Five weeks out from opening night, we were still struggling to get all our cast, and we also had gaps in our support crew.
“Given these constraints, we felt it was prudent to postpone the production.
“It was probably a bit ambitious to try to stage a production with 13 actors at this point in the tourist season.
“In this town where so many people work in tourism, it is incredibly difficult to get a large group together for regular rehearsals.”
Mr Lees Smith said the production would likely hit the stage next May.
“People are likely to be less busy early next year,” he said.
Mano Nera was the second local theatre production on the Clink’s calendar for 2010, following on from the successful and hilarious Farmer Will Swap Combine Harvester For Wife.
Jason McGregor, one of Australia’s most accomplished finger-picking guitarists, will be performing this Saturday at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available at Goodies Café in Mossman and Origin Espresso in Mossman or on the door.