Laughs at top of the mountain
A CLASSIC English farce makes its way up Tamborine Mountain this weekend as Funny Money opens at Zamia Theatre tomorrow night. Directed by Joan Stalker-Brown, the English dramacomedy follows the story of Henry Perkins, who goes to work every day with his lunch inside a briefcase. One day the ‘‘mild-mannered’’ man accidentally returns home with the wrong briefcase – only to discover his cheese and chutney sandwich has been switched for almost a million dollars. The story unravels as dodgy policemen and crooked criminals hunt down the missing money. The play was written by Ray Cooney and is set in Perkins’ living room in Fulham, London, during an evening in 1994. Funny Money is Stalker-Brown’s second production for Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre and the director says it’s guaranteed to make the audience laugh. ‘‘There are visual moments of humour – it’s a general exhibition show,’’ she says. Funny Money stars an all-local cast comprised of Howard Jones, David Scott, Brian Franklin, Jody Lanziano, John Ross, Gavin Jobson, Steve Silansky and Viviane
CURRENTLY in rehearsal for November openings are Gold Coast Little Theatre’s don’t Just Lie There, Say Something, Phoenix Ensemble’s A Wonderful Life, Tugun Theatre’s Bullshot Crummond and Javeenbah’s Albert Nobbs.
OPENING tomorrow night is the outrageous musical theatre show the Full Monty, at Phoenix Ensemble’s Pavilion Theatre. The six brave Monty men are in fine form. The season runs until November 30. This old sheila is among the cast and has found it a fun show to do.
Funny Money plays Zamia Theatre, North Tamborine, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from tomorrow until November 16.
THE Gold Coast City Jazz Club’s next bash, at the Southport Bowls Club on November 18, celebrates the club’s birthday with guests Brad Lever & Swing Central. Leaver’s velvet vocals have been melting hearts all over the world for 15 years. Tickets for the black-tie birthday party are $10 members and $15 guests.Call 5531 2626 or 0419 658 983 to book.
NEPTUNE Productions combined with Rory Curtis of The Good Guys South Tweed and local choir Voice Weavers on Saturday for the Jamieson Family Benefit Show It’s Showtime. The team raised $13,000.
Funny Money Gian. The multi-talented cast also double as the crew, helping build the set. Stalker-Brown says the ‘‘wonderful’’ cast double as crew, helping build the set. ‘‘It’s been a team effort all the way through. Everyone is enjoying the show. It’s a happy cast and crew for a happy play.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
The cast of Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre’s