Skase to make Clink b’day comeback
THE Douglas region’s most popular theatrical production will return to the stage to celebrate the Clink Theatre’s 20th anniversary.
Most of the original cast have signed up for a special production of Too Good To Be True, the satirical depiction of notorious entrepreneur Christopher Skase and wife Pixie, who irrevocably changed the face of Port Douglas from a sleepy fishing village into a world- class tourist mecca when they built the Sheraton Mirage.
The retrospective look back on the glamour and excess of Christopher and Pixie is a rollicking rendition of the Jack Heywood production as they transformed Port Douglas amid the elaborate flamboyance of the 1980s.
Skase died in 2001 but his legacy is one that remains strong in Port Douglas.
He and his wife Pixie came to an unassuming town armed with a grandiose vision, building the fivestar Sheraton Mirage, along with the Meridian Marina, beckoning highrollers, politicians and Hollywood celebrities to the town and placing it on the map as a destination for the rich and famous.
Heywood is mentoring director Andrew Patterson in the latest production, which sees the return of Luke McDonald in the role of the businessman gone bad, Judy Gittings as Pixie, Shaun Cram playing the devil and Toby Short as one of the boys.
Jarrod ??????? joins the cast as one of the boys and Kevin “K-Star” Eldridge will ham it up as Joe Everidge.
Tierney said the Douglas Theatre Arts Group wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Clink Theatre on November 7 with a reprisal of its most popular production which captured the essence of the Skase legacy.
“We decided to restage the show and retell the story due to its unique embedded place in Port Douglas history, shaping the face of the village as it stands today,” she said.
The fast-paced show runs from November 7 to 12, with opening night almost sold out.
“We sold out all nine shows last time round, and we expect all five nights to do the same this time,” Claire said.
Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.clinktheatre.com. au
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: the original cast of the production in 2008
Photo SHERRAN EVANS