Mu­si­cian and TV star Si­mon Gal­la­her first per­formed Pi­rates of Pen­zance in 1984 and has now brought it back to the Bris­bane stage

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

After a sen­sa­tional launch last week, Har­vest Rain is pre­par­ing to stage Si­mon Gal­la­her’s Pi­rates of Pen­zance. With QPAT turn­ing 30 in 2015, and as part of a very spe­cial line-up of pro­duc­tions, Har­vest Rain and Si­mon Gal­la­her are rein­vent­ing and restag­ing the show that opened the Con­cert Hall. At the invitation-only launch last Mon­day night, it was re­vealed that Si­mon him­self will be di­rect­ing, with guest artists Nancy Hayes play­ing Ruth, and TV per­son­al­ity An­drew O’Keefe as the Pi­rate King. New­com­ers Ge­orgina Hop­son and Billy Bourchier are filling Ma­rina Prior’s and Si­mon’s parts of Ma­bel and Fred­er­ick. With just five per­for­mances (March 1922), tick­ets are bound to be highly sought after. They are on sale at QPAT now. This col­umn comes to you from the Na­tional Cap­i­tal – Can­berra, where HRH and Yours Truly are at­tend­ing his 55th an­niver­sary of grad­u­a­tion from the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege, Dun­troon. We man­aged to fit in a per­for­mance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at Can­berra Reper­tory last Fri­day night. Rep is the old­est am­a­teur the­atre group in the coun­try (head­ing up to 85 years old) and puts on high qual­ity com­mu­nity the­atre six times a year. Can­berra is alive with the­atre, with Mary Pop­pins and Evita on the boards for next year. The Coast will stage two Noel Coward shows next year. Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre and di­rec­tor Roger McKen­zie will present Pri­vate Lives in June, and Top Hat Pro­duc­tions will be stag­ing mu­si­cal re­vue Cock­tails with Noel & Ger­tie – A Mar­vel­lous Party! at Spot­light’s Base­ment The­atre in Septem­ber. Coward needs pre­cise, ar­tic­u­late ac­tors to do jus­tice to the clever di­a­logue and time­less songs – both direc­tors are on the look­out. Pi­rates, mer­maids, mon­keys and magic – what a ter­rific way to kick off the school hol­i­days! GCLT is stag­ing Christ­mas pan­tomime The Golden Mon­key Mys­tery from Satur­day to Mon­day. There will be two shows each day at 10am and 2pm. Tick­ets are $17. Book­ings can be made by phon­ing 0410 570 200. On Tues­day morn­ing, atop Bris­bane’s iconic Kan­ga­roo Point Cliffs over­look­ing the CBD, Christo­pher Wayne and Mike Tyler, oth­er­wise known as ac­claimed The Naked Ma­gi­cians, will re­veal their Bris­bane sea­son 2015. Bris­bane 2015 is part of a ma­jor na­tional tour which will see the Bris­bane-born duo star at the Mel­bourne Com­edy Fes­ti­val, Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val and Perth Fringe World Fes­ti­val. This year the two have put it all on the line for au­di­ences, with sold out shows at the Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val and Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val and sell­outs in Syd­ney, Gold Coast, Cairns, New­cas­tle and more. The two Bris­bane boys – whose moth­ers are still very proud of them – share the mantra: good ma­gi­cians don’t need sleeves and great ma­gi­cians don’t need pants. The crit­i­cally ac­claimed The Naked Ma­gi­cians in­deed put on the world’s bold­est and cheeki­est magic show, one which takes abra­cadabra to a whole new level. A brand new show called High Coun­try Leg­ends opens this week at Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar for the bumper Christ­mas sea­son. If it’s any­thing like pre­vi­ous of­fer­ings it should be sen­sa­tional. Watch this space for more info after the open­ing night to­mor­row. Fi­nal ar­range­ments are in hand for next Tues­day’s Pre­sen­ta­tion Night for the 2014 Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards. There are less than four tick­ets avail­able from the Arts Cen­tre, and nom­i­nees have been cock­tail-par­tied and in­tro­duced to their com­pe­ti­tion at last week’s party. Lead­ing man Ian Sten­lake will fly in Tues­day morn­ing and re­hearse the open­ing num­ber that af­ter­noon, for per­for­mance that night. Nice to work with a pro. He will do Morn­ing Melodies at Twin Towns the fol­low­ing morn­ing – see you all there in your best bib and tucker.


Billy Bourchier and Ge­orgina Hop­son star in a new pro­duc­tion of

Pi­rates of Pen­zance.

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