Big Men Fly for fresh footy tale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THERE is more than meets the eye at the Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group’s lat­est pro­duc­tion, And The Big Men Fly.

It is the 50th an­niver­sary for Alan Hop­good’s clas­sic play de­pict­ing Aus­tralian cul­ture in all its glory and Jack Hey­wood’s adaptation into a ra­dio play will leave you in a fit of laughs, cheers and boos.

The stage has been trans­formed into a ra­dio sta­tion where the Clink Ra­dio The­atre Play­ers are ready to broad­cast live their next per­for­mance - And The Big Men Fly.

The tale is of Achilles Jones who has never played AFL in his life, but can kick a wheat bag 10 yards and is re­cruited by the fic­ti­tious Vic­to­rian Football League club the Crows to break their decades-long los­ing streak.

While the play is based around the world of footy, it is also about love, greed ver­sus in­tegrity, ri­valry and be­ing true to your­self and is packed to the brim full of en­ter­tain­ing scenes, in­clud­ing a shoot-out and two football matches.

The stand­out is the The­atre Play­ers’ sound ef­fects as­sis­tants the Fras­cati sis­ters, Bella and Rosa, who bring the scenes to life with in­no­va­tive tech­niques

lead ac­tor Ben to recre­ate gun fire, smash­ing, door slam­ming, tele­phone ring­ing and all the while cheer­ing on the Crows.

It is a play the whole fam­ily can en­joy, with crowd in­ter­ac­tion and many laughs and by the end you too will be cheer­ing, “C’arn the Crows”.

The play will be per­formed at the Clink The­atre on Mow­bray St, Port Dou­glas at 8pm on Fri­day, Satur­day and 6.30pm Sun­day night and again next week­end. Doors and the bar open an hour be­fore each show.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www. try­book­ing. com/ BGVU or at Ori­gin Ex­pres­sion Grant St, Port Dou­glas, Good­ies Café, Front St, Moss­man or on the night at the door.

Fly­ing high: Adams

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