Footy play set for the stage
field is a Dublin-based yet Australian born and bred singer-songwriter with Celtic songlines in his head and grains of sand between his toes.
Faithfield’s journey began with the post-punk Sydney band scene which inevitably led to a one-way ticket to London where he was inspired by artists such as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard.
The concert will be held on Sunday at the Clink Theatre from 6.30pm and tickets cost just $10 for adults with kids under the age of 14 free. REHEARSALS are over and the cast are busy training for Jack Heywood’s rendition of an Australian classic And the Big Man Fly.
The play by Allan Hopgood is a classic comedy written almost 50 years ago highlighting the shenanigans of AFL, from the players, management to the media and the fans.
Set in Victoria during the ’60s, the play is about a fictitious East Melbourne club called the Crows who were desperate to win a premiership and found themselves a secret weapon.
“The Crows had been at the bottom of the ladder for 33 years and desperate to win the premiership and the talent scouts find this farmer from Manangatang in western Victoria,” Jack Heywood said.
“This amazing guy can kick full wheat bag 10 yards - imagine what he can do to a football.
“He becomes the star of the season, an amazing kicker, he ploughs through the pack and is just a superhero motivated by the rivalry with his neighbours the Williamsons.
“The country boy has his feet on ground and knows the true value of material things in life as opposed to city dwellers that are out for status, fame and fortune and it leads to a lot of comedy situations.
“We’re doing it by popular demand because of the popularity of AFL in Port Douglas and it’s about the passion that surrounds football.”
The play has a theme of greed versus integrity and originally has 28 scenes, different locations and two matches but to squeeze the big play into the Clink Theatre the director has made a few changes.
“We’ve come up with the concept of a staged radio play - we’re presenting the Clink Theatre radio players present And the Big Man Fly,” Heywood said.
“We’ll set up the Clink as a radio auditorium and people will read some of their parts but cross over in action, staging some scenes as radio play and we’ll be asking audience involvement to provide cheers, boos and roars of the crowd.
“I’m hoping for a big arty production that people will walk out shaking their heads and say, ’Only in Port Douglas’.”
Heywood is no stranger to this classic play, having toured Queensland with it in the ’70s playing “the baddy” and said it is one of the best known Australian comedy plays.
And the Big Man Fly will be on Friday to Sunday between July 13 and July 29, visit www.clinktheatre. com.au for more information.
Coming to the Clink: Rory Faithfield
Flying high: director Jack Heywood