Shows: Javeen­bah coaxes laughs from re­tire­ment blues ...

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AGHOST comes back to haunt her hus­band in Javeen­bah The­atre Com­pany’s hi­lar­i­ous year-en­der, Al­bert Nobbs.

The com­edy is about Al­bert Nobbs who dis­cov­ers, af­ter a hard life on the grind, that re­tire­ment isn’t what he had ex­pected.

While he had dreamed of tak­ing it easy, peace­ful days of pot­ter­ing in the gar­den are few and far be­tween in the Nobbs’ house­hold.

In­stead of smooth sail­ing into se­nil­ity, Al­bert finds him­self bored sense­less and frus­trated by his nag­ging wife, Con­nie.

How­ever, Al­bert’s world is soon turned up­side down by his wife’s sud­den death. He finds it hard to carry on un­til Con­nie re­turns as a ghost and tries to fix his life.

The nag­ging con­tin­ues from be­yond the grave as she re-ap­pears and sets about match­mak­ing her for­lorn Al­bert with her best friend, Rose.

A bit­ter­sweet story of love and lone­li­ness, hope and de­spair, Al­bert Nobbs is charm­ing and de­light­ful in equal doses. Al­bert strug­gles to come to terms with the loss of the woman he loved and a pos­si­ble new ro­mance.

The lo­cal pro­duc­tion stars Joel Be­skin as Al­bert, Marie Dick­son as wife Con­nie and Gil­lian Crow and Wendy Spencer as Al­bert’s ad­mir­ers.

Di­rec­tor and Javeen­bah reg­u­lar Jim Dick­son says that he hopes au­di­ences will come away from the play with a new out­look on re­tire­ment.

Dick­son also feels some gen­tle­men might re­view their own be­hav­iour af­ter tak­ing in Al­bert’s story.

‘‘There are very funny mo­ments and sad ones as well, tak­ing the au­di­ence from tears to laugh­ter as the story un­folds,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a touch­ing story that’s re­ally not to be missed.’’

Al­bert Nobbs plays Javeen­bah The­atre, Nerang, Thurs­days to Satur­days at 8pm from tomorrow un­til De­cem­ber 7, with a 2pm mati­nee on Sun­day. Tick­ets are $25. Call 5596 0300 or visit javeen­bah.org.au to book.

(From left) Marie Dick­son, Wendy Spencer, Gil­lian Crow and Joel Be­skin star in Javeen­bah’s fi­nal pro­duc­tion for the year,

Al­bert Nobbs.

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