Footy play set for the stage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

Photo by MAR­TINE COT­TON

Fly­ing high: di­rec­tor Jack Hey­wood

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