Fair Dinkum funny war effort
Sisters are doing it for themselves in Beenleigh Theatre Group’s latest show, writes
GETTING a word in, jokes director Steven Pimm, was the biggest challenge he faced helming an all-female cast for Beenleigh Theatre Group’s latest production, Dinkum Assorted.
Pimm has assembled a talented cast of local ladies for the zany comedy, laced with a touch of drama, dance and music.
Set in a biscuit factory during World War II, the show also stars a goat named Chaos.
‘‘This year is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, which was the biggest single attack on mainland Australia in any war,’’ Pimm says.
‘‘This show features the highs and lows of the women left behind during World War II and is one of the few Australian shows written about the war.’’
Dinkum Assorted’s story follows a group of wily woman who run a Mum’s Army Civil Defence Unit and stage a show to help the war effort and save their factory – with 2000 US airmen stationed outside town.
Pimm says it was a ‘‘real honour’’ to have so many great actresses – Phillipa Bowe as Grace, Lynda Grant as Pearl, Joanne Smith as Joan, Linda Hall as Connie, Jermia Turner as Rosie and Bek Groves as Vi – in the one show.
‘‘It was very easy to cast this show, as the majority of the ladies are
a whirlwind three weeks of belly dancing, camel riding, concerts in ancient ruins, miles of tulips and a visit to one of the world’s oldest theatres – in Epheus, Greece, built around 600 BC – Dressing Roomers is home at last. It’s great to see two big shows currently drawing crowds on the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Daughters Of Heaven continues to shock audiences with its tale of true youth crime. There’s been plenty of lively discussion during the interval and after the show about what motivates two young girls to kill one of their mothers. Based on the same true story that inspired Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures film (and launched Kate Winslett’s career), Daughters Of Heaven plays GCLT’S Southport theatre until May 5. Call 5532 2096 to book. Meanwhile, Spotlight’s season of Forever Plaid is sold out, but as producer Cameron Macintosh says, ‘‘there’s no such thing as a full house’’. You might be lucky enough to score a seat if you call 5539 4255 before Saturday’s final show.
Arts Centre Gold Coast enters a particularly busy period, starting with April’s Fool, based on the April 2009 death of Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds (see report, Page 9), on Monday and Tuesday. The provocative drama will be followed by a short season of the outrageously funny and clever production Forbidden Broadway in the venue’s
A scene from Beenleigh Theatre Group’s experienced actresses who have performed with numerous theatre companies,’’ he says. ‘‘I love that the cast and crew are all passionate Australians and they brought their own stories and the effect war had on their families to the early rehearsals.
‘‘It really bonded the cast together and made them realise what a lucky country we do have as a result of the soldiers who fought for us in the wars.’’
Pimm also worked hard to make sure the show was a true reflection of life during the war.
heading to The Arts Centre Gold Coast from May 24-26 is Hopelessly Devoted, an original two-hander musical featuring the songs of Olivia Newton-john. The show is set in the suburban loungeroom of a middle-aged brother and sister who are caring for their chronically ill mother. The pair escape into a fantasy world, acting out the life and career highlights of their idol. Call 588 4000 to book.
up with my old mate Jack Webster who has been playing Drake the butler in the John Frost production of Annie The Musical at QPAC, in Brisbane. Webster and I recently toured the State with the show Steppin’ Out With Fred & Ginger. He says he’s enjoying performing with the four young Gold Coast kids in the cast of Annie. Bookings have been strong. The season closes on May 13.
‘‘I am confident this has been achieved with authentic gas masks and period costumes,’’ he says.
‘‘It is suitable for adults who love to laugh and who love Australia and it’s history. And how many other shows have a live goat on stage?’’
opens at Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh, tomorrow and plays Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm until May 12. Tickets are $25-$31. Call 3807 3922 to book. black box theatre, The Space, from May 10-12. The local cast includes Emily Monsma, Greta Brinsley, Jessica Purdy, Jy Etherington, Sarah Haigh, Tanele Graham, Jack Harbour, Alana Tierney, Steve Hirst and Cameron Twine, with guests Lucy Mcintosh and Matt Ward. The show is a Fill This Space Youth Project, funded by Regional Stages and supported by the Friends of the Arts Centre Gold Coast Youth Arts Academy. Call 5588 4000 to book.