Take a walk on the dark side with GCLT’s staging of the David Williamson classic The Removalists, a confronting and provocative tale set amid one of the most turbulent periods in Australia’s history
Gold Coast Little Theatre’s latest production The Removalists explores the themes of sexism, violence, power and authority, against the backdrop of 1970s Australia.
A fiery depiction of life in the suburbs four decades ago, The Removalists is one of David Williamson’s most favoured and explosive plays.
The drama follows the story of two police officers from different walks of life who investigate claims a suburban wife has been abused by her working-class husband.
Given the task of balancing the play’s humour and violence, director Patrick Monteath says The Removalists poses a question to the audience: “What would you do?”
“Written at a turbulent time in Australian history (1969, first performed 1971), it explores the attitudes of the Australian populace towards abuse of power, corruption and violence,” he said. “The play follows two police officers – Sergeant Dan Simmonds, who is old and jaded, and the young and fresh Constable Neville Ross – as they investigate a domestic violence claim.
“A working removalist ignores the chaos around him and tries to get his job done.”
The local production of The Removalists stars Jack Henry, Patrick Monteath, Kate McNair, Candice Dittman, Sean Curran and Bruce Alker Jr.
Monteath says the play has been “riddled with hurdles” for cast and crew have overcome.
“There have been dropouts that resulted in last-minute changes and it was a frantic set to build,” says Monteath.
“The cast and crew have worked tirelessly on this production and are happy to present their take on Williamson’s classic.”
Examining Australian society at one of its most turbulent times, Monteath says The Removalists will take audiences back to a different era.
“We have an engaging allAustralian soundtrack, funky lighting and a thrilling performance,” he says.
“The play does contain strong violence and coarse language.”
opens Saturday. It plays Gold Coast Little Theatre Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm until April 19, with 2pm matinees on Sunday and on April 6 and 13. Many moons ago, a young Max Olding first laid eyes on Pamela Page at a piano competition in London.
The gifted musician still remembers his thoughts as he spotted the talented beauty.
“There were four people as finalists in the competition and we tied first – I was on first and she was second-last,” he says.
“When we were assembling in the green room, I thought, ‘She must be a very good player, because she looks so beautiful’.
“I said to myself: ‘That would be the person I would love to be married to’. The rest is history.”
Fast-forward six decades and the pianists are still together, celebrating a lifetime of achievements spanning many continents.
Opening the Mason and Hamlin 2014 concert series on the Gold Coast this weekend, the Brisbane couple will perform to a “theatre in reverse”, with the audience seated on stage.
A wonderful opportunity to see a Mason and Hamlin versus Steinway duel of the pianos, the program features virtuoso works for both solo and two pianos. Max Olding and Pamela Page play the Mason and Hamlin Concert Series at The Arts Centre Gold Coast tomorrow night.