Go go ingenuity
TUGUN Theatre Company’s season of Bullshot Crummond, a farcical spoof of an old movie genre, opens tonight. ‘‘The whole play is basically Hollywood special effects on a shoestring budget,’’ says director Nathan Schultz (pictured).
‘‘My assistant director, Mark, has created cardboard cut-outs of falcons and planes and the whole thing is very pop-up and bookish.
‘‘It’s basically like a 1930s black-and-white film with recyclable plots. The whole play is done as a farce. With Bullshot we’ve had to direct him to know what he’s doing, but to the audience he looks an idiot . . . he is a little bit like Inspector Gadget; he’s a bumbling idiot but his character doesn’t know that.’’
Schultz credits the work of the stage production team with bringing the play to life. ‘‘We are making this whole production work with a backstage team of only five people including myself,’’ he says. ‘‘There’s more than 10 scene changes, and hundreds of props so the crew has been amazing to get everything right in time for opening. It’s like choreographing a performance in itself backstage. The stage crew run around with the cutouts and walk across the stage with the clouds and trees and everything else and they have to know exactly where they are to steadily keep the comedy going. It’s an absolute workout and they’ve been keeping it together really well.’’
Bullshot Crummond plays Tugun Village Community Centre Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm from tonight until November 30 and Saturday and November 23 at 2pm.