Taking Wife in his hands
EAST Victoria Park resident Andrew Govey stars in the Serial Productions’ latest show Wife After Death at the Old Mill Theatre.
EAST Victoria Park resident Andrew Govey will soon discover a secret life at a funeral – and the bombshell will cause tempers, and ashes, to fly.
It is all part of Serial Productions’ latest show Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell and directed by Rob Warner at South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre.
Set at the funeral of successful television comedian Dave Thursby, his friends and family soon discover they know less about him than they imagined.
A series of revelations uncover some home truths while everyone tries to keep up appearances for the sake of his widow – and then an unexpected and unexplained mourner arrives.
Govey plays Harvey Barrett, described by the playwright as “an angry, untidy man whose only concession to his best friend’s passing is a crumpled black tie”.
“He’s the behind-the-scenes funny man responsible for writing nearly all his best mate’s one-liners,” he said.
“Harvey is of the view that he is responsible in equal measure for his best mate’s success and struggles to accept Dave’s not quite the person he always believed he was.
Acting on and off for the past 30 years, Govey first performed as the lead boy in the Pied Piper of Hamelin in the UK.
Since moving to WA, he has appeared with the Old Mill, Stirling and Limelight Theatres in numerous productions, scoring acting awards for roles in The Late Edwina Black, Sailor Beware, In Camera, Abigail’s Party, Cash on Delivery, Gaslight and The 39 Steps.
Wife After Death plays at 8pm August 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, September 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 with 2pm matinees August 27 and September 3.
Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/QMCH.
In Wife After Death, Harvey Barrett (played by East Victoria Park resident Andrew Govey, left) and wife Vi (Jacqui Warner) ponder the passing of their comedian friend.