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