World premiere for BATS
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