Tak­ing Wife in his hands

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page -

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.

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