Man walks into a bar ... says ‘Ouch’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - SAM SMALLBONE

DOZENS of brave per­form­ers are throw­ing their scripts away and tak­ing the stage for the first Car­ni­vale Theatre­s­ports competition.

The hi­lar­i­ous game of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and wit is set to run dur­ing Car­ni­vale thanks to the Trop­i­cal North Theatre Com­pany and The Clink Theatre and has a range of great prizes up for grabs.

Teams of four peo­ple take the stage and per­form an im­pro­vi­sa­tional theatre tak­ing sug­ges­tions from the au­di­ence or from each other.

A panel of judges in­clud­ing lo­cal play­wright and di­rec­tor Jack Hey­wood, Clink Theatre pres­i­dent Claire Tier­ney and lo­cal teacher and for­mer theatre pro­fes­sional Richard Mu­ranty will give a score out of five points for each game played.

Trop­i­cal North Theatre Com­pany co-di­rec­tor Laura Mu­ranty said the per­for­mance is guar­an­teed to make you laugh.

“The judges will be look­ing at the per­former’s spon­tane­ity, abil­ity to cre­ate story, comic tim­ing and en­ter­tain­ment value,” she said.

Many ac­tors are al­ready re­hear­ing for the event.

“So far we have around 20 per­form­ers scared script less but ea­ger to per­form,” Ms Mu­ranty said.

“So far we have four teams which are a mix of ac­tors from the Trop­i­cal North Theatre Com­pany, Moss­man State High School and dar­ing lo­cals.

“We still have room for more peo­ple, so if there are any brave lo­cals out there who think they have the spon­tane­ity and wit to get on stage and im­pro­vise, sign up.”

At the end of the night there will be prizes for the win­ning teams, best on stage, fun­ni­est one-liner and best au­di­ence sug­ges­tion.

The Theatre sports competition will be held on May 28 at 7.30pm at the Clink Theatre.

Drinks will be avail­able at the bar at 6.30pm. Tick­ets can be bought prior to the show at Ori­gin Café in Port Dou­glas, at Good­ies in Moss­man or on the night at $15 for adults and $12 for con­ces­sion.

Lo­cals who are in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing the competition should con­tact Laura Mu­ranty on 0408 399 909.

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