Laughs as oldies seek revenge
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