Shows: Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s bed­room farce .......

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS - – JES­SICA HUX­LEY

GOLD Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s new play Don’t

Just Lie There Say Some­thing! is a British farce that comes com­plete with mis­un­der­stand­ings, dou­ble-en­ten­dres and all sorts of saucy go­ings-on.

Char­ac­ters in­clude a politi­cian, some po­lice­men and sev­eral lovely ladies whose ad­ven­tures make for fran­tic fun.

Ruth Henderson re­turns to the stage af­ter a five-year bat­tle with a se­ri­ous ill­ness.

‘‘I play Jean, who is get­ting mar­ried to the sec­re­tary of the house, the min­is­ter, but he doesn’t turn up,’’ she says.

‘‘The un­der­sec­re­tary is get­ting caught up and be­ing blamed and the hip­pies are get­ting sto­ries and tak­ing pho­tos, peo­ple are caught with their pants down – it’s just may­hem.’’

Henderson has been in­volved with the GCLT since she was in school. She is thrilled to be back on the stage af­ter years of ill­ness.

‘‘I con­tracted Lyme dis­ease, which isn’t ac­tu­ally recog­nised in Aus­tralia as we aren’t meant to have it here,’’ she says.

‘‘It gets into your ner­vous sys­tem and into your ma­jor or­gans, start­ing off with Ross River (fever)-like symp­toms. I’m fi­nally feel­ing bet­ter now and be­ing a part of this play feels like such a mile­stone, I couldn’t wait.’’

The show is a fam­ily af­fair: Ruth’s mother, Dorothy Henderson di­rects and Ruth’s fi­ance, David Ed­wards, plays Jean’s hus­band.

‘‘I used to work at Movie World and I had a friend who was do­ing theatre so I started as well,’’ says Ed­wards, who plays Barry Ovis.

‘‘I per­form mainly in the farces. Ruth and I have worked to­gether for al­most 15 years – we’re a bit of a team. We met through the theatre and I was very chuffed when she chose me. She’s been too ill to per­form re­cently, but it’s won­der­ful, af­ter five years, to work to­gether again.’’

Henderson didn’t make her re­turn to the stage easy, start­ing with a high-en­ergy crowd pleaser. ‘‘A farce is a re­ally dif­fi­cult genre of theatre.

Don’t Just Lie There is so fast-paced. We’re in and out of doors con­stantly and learn­ing a lot of cue lines and door cues. ‘‘The hu­mour is de­liv­ered as one-lin­ers. ‘‘Good tim­ing is es­sen­tial. It’s a dif­fi­cult but re­ward­ing task.’’

Henderson has en­joyed work­ing a cast made up of both veter­ans and new­com­ers. ‘‘It’s great to have that con­trast,’’ she says. ‘‘The more ex­pe­ri­enced ones can guide peo­ple while the newer ones have fresh ideas. I also like see­ing men take off their clothes for a change.’’ Don’t Just Lie There, Say Some­thing! plays Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre opens Satur­day and plays Thurs­days to Satur­days at 8pm and Sun­days at 2pm un­til De­cem­ber 7.

Dave Ed­wards, Maria Buck­ler and Eric James in Don’t Just Lie There Say Some­thing!.

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