Big men ying to see Clink show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

In char­ac­ter: Ben Adams will play lead-role Achilles Jones, the farmer turned AFL star

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