World premiere for BATS

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of Ducks on the Pond in 2015, lo­cal play­wright Sean McKenna has turned his hand to writ­ing com­edy.

The re­sult is an amus­ing, some­times poignant play called Gravedig­ger.

Mr McKenna, who is also di­rect­ing the show, has as­sem­bled a cast of ex­pe­ri­enced, tal­ented ac­tors to bring his play to life.

Set in a small coun­try town, there is an as­sort­ment of char­ac­ters in­clud­ing a den­tist, a baker, a mayor, the SES (just to name a few) and of course the grave dig­ger him­self.

This cen­tral char­ac­ter is played by Broad­ford ac­tor, play­wright and direc­tor Peter Henry, who will take the stage to mark his 50th year of per­form­ing.

While Mr Henry was in­tro­duced to per­form­ing as a stu­dent at Sey­mour High School, when he took on the role of the Mock Tur­tle in Alice in Won­der­land, it was his per­for­mance as Carnoustie in Broad­ford Drama Group’s Sailor Be­ware in 1967 on the stage of the newly-built shire hall which was the be­gin­ning of his 50-year as­so­ci­a­tion with Broad­ford theatre.

His first role in a mu­si­cal was Jeff in Brigadoon in 1980, when the Broad­ford Com­mu­nity Theatre Group (later to be­come BATS) was formed. He reprised the role for BATS’ 20th an­niver­sary per­for­mance of Brigadoon in 2000.

Mr Henry has per­formed in 45 shows with BATS, di­rected 15 and writ­ten four.

He par­tic­u­larly en­joyed play­ing the chief vil­lains in Robin Hood and Black­beard, two of the pan­tomimes he wrote. The oth­ers were In­va­sion and the com­edy Peril at Pur­ple Patch.

Gravedig­ger will be per­formed at the shire hall in Broad­ford over two week­ends only. It will open on October 13, and per­for­mances will fol­low at 8 pm on October 14, October 20 and October 21, with a 2 pm per­for­mance on October 15.

There will be both ta­ble and au­di­to­rium seat­ing for all per­for­mances.

For book­ings, go on­line to bats.net.au

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