Clink play de­layed by cast trou­bles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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