Steam theatre about wedding on rails
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.