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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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.

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