Steam the­atre about wed­ding on rails

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Shane Ni­chols

ALL aboard for a train ride with a dif­fer­ence!

Come Car­ni­vale, the Bally Hoo­ley train trans­forms into a the­atri­cal venue of a spe­cial kind. Tick­ethold­ers to one of the 18 per­for­mances (May 18-27) will be treated to a mo­bile show in which the au­di­ence moves be­tween the ac­tion scenes oc­cur­ring along­side the track.

The idea be­hind Claire Tier­ney’s Port­fo­lio Pro­duc­tions’ vaudevil­lian out­ing, “Au­drey Cut­tle­but­tle’s Great Bally Hoo­ley Es­cape”, writ­ten by Jack Hey­wood, is that in each per­for­mance the train will stop at var­i­ous places on the route from the Ma­rina to St Crispin’s, where a new sce­nario will play out.

It’s all about a girl’s wed­ding and a vil­lain, of course.

Lo­cal sweet hearts Priscilla Pease­blos­som and Thomas True­blue are tak­ing the train to St Crispin’s where they are to be wed at an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing, with the train driver con­duct­ing the ser­vice and wit­nessed by the gath­ered friends’ rel­a­tives (the au­di­ence). But of course even love on rails may not run smoothly.

The ex-boyfriend, Black­gard Bad­dy­gaddy, plans to steal her away, and the ac­tion un­folds from there.

“The Bally Hoo­ley con­cept re­ally came to life when John Morris de­cided to run the trains full time and opened up the op­por­tu­nity for the­atre to take place,” said Claire.

“I im­me­di­ately asked my part­ner in the­atre Jack Hey­wood to let his creative mind start rac­ing with a script. “Jack imag­ined golf buggy races and penny far­things and swash buck­ling fun; so we very quickly re­alised we needed the tal­ents of a phys­i­cal di­rec­tor and en­listed Mr Scott Witt from Com­bat Cir­cus in Syd­ney to as­sist us. Scott loved the pitch and has come on­board with great en­thu­si­asm. Jack has writ­ten a smashing script with huge scope for imag­i­na­tion, mu­sic and ac­tion.”

Jack Hey­wood and Claire Tier­ney have col­lab­o­rated on large pro­duc­tions at the Clink over the past 10 years; this is their most ad­ven­ture­some chal­lenge yet.

The cast­ing is com­plete with the lead­ing lady be­ing played by Klara McMur­ray (aka Miss K), a cabaret and com­edy veteran, but Claire is look­ing for more help in the ar­eas of stage man­agers and trans­port crew which will be re­quired. To con­tact Claire phone 0437 367 868.

Tick­ets are avail­able on the face­book page bally-hoo­leythe­atre-ad­ven­tures.

This pro­duc­tion is sup­ported by the DSC.

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