Big Men Fly for fresh footy tale
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