Laughs as oldies seek re­venge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - THE­ATRE Scott Tib­balls

THE old peo­ple are revolting, or maybe it’s a coup, or maybe the good old folks of the Sun­shine Re­tire­ment Vil­lage are re­tak­ing their place in a so­ci­ety that for­got about them.

No, it’s not a good chunk of Dou­glas Shire break­ing away to be­come its own prin­ci­pal­ity, but a “mad cap com­edy about se­niors seek­ing re­venge”, and it’s at the Clink The­atre in Port Dou­glas in Fe­bru­ary.

Judy Git­tings plays Pa­tri­cia, a char­ac­ter she de­scribes as ‘hoity-toity’ and with an agenda that puts her in charge.

“She’s the kind that bosses ev­ery­body about, takes con­trol and does all the le­gal stuff,” said Judy.

“She ac­tu­ally be­lieves that she was a high court judge but she was ac­tu­ally a clerk of the court.”

Be­sides the chal­lenge of play­ing a re­tired se­nior, though Judy jokes, “I’m al­most there my­self”, she says that there are plenty of par­al­lels beThe tween this play and re­al­ity.

“I per­son­ally work in com­mu­nity hous­ing, so I ac­tu­ally have worked with peo­ple from all walks of life, and I do ac­tu­ally look af­ter se­niors as well.

“I’ve also never played a se­nior be­fore. It’s a chal­leng­ing role but I do iden­tify with some of the sit­u­a­tion ... I un­der­stand their frus­tra­tions,” said Judy.

“There are very funny parts in the play, and we can re­late to those parts and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate some of the frus­tra­tion.”

Old Peo­ple Are Revolting chron­i­cles the frus­tra­tion, chal­lenges and an­tics faced (and cre­ated) by res­i­dents of the Sun­shine Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, who in their fight for re­spect and at­ten­tion con­spire to blow up a jacaranda tree owned by the coun­cil.

Judy said there’s plenty to draw the com­mu­nity in to see a play like The Old Peo­ple Are Revolting.

“When peo­ple go to see plays ev­ery­body wants to laugh. If you have a com­edy more peo­ple at­tend the pro­duc­tion. It is a funny play, a lot of peo­ple will re­late. It’s a bit crass at parts but there’s no bad lan­guage or any­thing like that – it’s tame. I think Port Dou­glas au­di­ences will ap­pre­ci­ate it for sure.

“Come and sup­port the Clink The­atre, sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity. You’ll en­joy the play be­cause it’s funny. If pa­trons have mums and dads or peo­ple go­ing through re­tire­ment, come and have a look and have a laugh, bring them along and share it with them.”

The Oldies are Revolting cast: “You’ll en­joy the play,” says Judy Git­tings

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