Big men ying to see Clink show
CLINK Theatre is proud to present Alan Hopgood’s And the Big Men Fly, an Australian classic highlighting the culture of AFL.
Achilles Jones a simple country bloke in Victoria who has never played footy in his life, but can kick a wheat bag 10 yards and a sure-thing to break the losing streak of fictitious Victorian club the Crows.
Lead actor Ben Adams from Cape tribulation is a teachers aid by day at Alexander Bay and has his own business, but for the next month he will be a country farmer turned AFL superstar.
“Achilles Jones is picked up by talent scouts for the Crows and although he’s never been a footy fan but he’s an awesome football player and plucked out of obscurity and put in the big lights of AFL,” he said.
The show follows the highs and lows of professional athletes, with love, loss, wins and tragedies.
The original 1960s play has 28 scenes in various locations and includes two games of football and even a shoot-out and to adapt the play to squeeze into the Clink Theatre, director Jack Heywood has made the play into a live radio play.
Nine brave actors are presenting a play within a play, with radio announcers and performers and live sound effects on stage with a live radio audience, meaning the actors have two roles to play.
“We have made up characters that have the same traits and personalities for the radio players and Achilles Jones is a farmer and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, he is rugged and I’ve likened that to a builder,” Mr Adams said.
“It’s a big show and a big challenge to fit into the theatre but it’s very funny, very Australian and the play is in its 50th year.
“It’s been a long time between productions for me and last time I really enjoyed it and when this came up I said why not, it’s a challenge but any experiences are good."
Rehearsals are in full steam ready for the opening in two weeks time for nine big shows starting July 13 to 15, July 20 to 22 and July 27 to 29.
Tickets are on sale now at www.trybooking.com/BGVU or pop in to Origin Expression Grant St, Port Douglas, Goodies Café, Front St, Mossman and tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.
In character: Ben Adams will play lead-role Achilles Jones, the farmer turned AFL star