AF­FAIR FARCE IS BIG ON LAUGHS

Tu­gun new­com­ers Adam Skel­ton and Peta Simeon star in Alan Ay­ck­bourn’s How The Other Half Loves, which opens tonight

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

Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany opens Alan Ay­ck­bourn’s How The Other Half Loves at Tu­gun Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre tonight. The clas­sic farce fol­lows the mis­un­der­stand­ings caused by a cou­ple hav­ing an af­fair and cov­er­ing their tracks us­ing an in­no­cent third party. It stars Tu­gun new­com­ers Adam Skel­ton and Peta Simeon along­side reg­u­lars Viv Gian, Chris Hawkins, Gai Byrne and Craig Smith. An­nie Lo­tocki di­rects. One of the most popular and hard­work­ing mem­bers of the Gold Coast theatre com­mu­nity passed away early last week. Kevin John­son, hus­band of direc­tor Noella John­son, died un­ex­pect­edly last Mon­day af­ter suf­fer­ing from a long ill­ness. Sig­nal Driver, Noella’s lat­est di­rect­ing job, ended on Satur­day with a fab­u­lous au­di­ence. The per­for­mance was ded­i­cated to Kevin. The cou­ple met when they toured NSW and Queens­land with the Arts Coun­cil Tour of Shake­speare’s Twelfth Night in 1954. Kevin played Se­bas­tian while Noella starred as Olivia. The John­sons would have cel­e­brated their 57th wed­ding an­niver­sary this com­ing week­end. Kevin will be sadly missed by Noella and his fam­ily as well as the theatre com­mu­nity of the Gold Coast. R.I.P Kevin. Mar­vel­lous Miz De­meanours play The Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club to­mor­row night. With artists in­clud­ing Karen Stra­han, Lisa McClel­land, Gaye Reid, Jill Walsh, John Hill and Ben Schu­mann, this looks like a ter­rific night. I’m so sorry I’ll miss this one, but my sub will get back to you all af­ter the night. Book on 5588 4000 for the show. My sub had the plea­sure and ex­hil­a­ra­tion of experiencing the lat­est per­for­mance of the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra last Fri­day night. The In­ter­na­tional Royal Con­ven­tion Cen­tre was packed with an­tic­i­pa­tion and cu­rios­ity for Star Trek: In Con­cert. The sound and light­ing crew did an im­pec­ca­ble job and the con­duc­tor didn’t miss a beat. Over­all, it was a bril­liant night out. Queens­land Theatre Com­pany’s next block­buster – Mother & Son – opens Satur­day week at the Play­house, QPAC. Writ­ten by Ge­of­frey Ather­den, the stage show is a spin-off from the suc­cess­ful TV se­ries star­ring Ruth Crack­nell, Gary McDon­ald and Henry Szeps. It will have a short sea­son at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast af­ter run­ning at QPAC. The show stars the ever-popular No­lene Brown. Di­rected by Dawn China, Abigail’s Party opens at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre in less than a month. The cast and crew are full on get­ting the stage car­peted and set con­structed. The popular drinks with the direc­tor evening will be held on March 6 at GCLT. All are wel­come to at­tend. Au­di­tions for the block­buster Broad­way mu­si­cal, Jerry’s Girls, will be held on Fe­bru­ary 21 at GCLT. Email direc­tor’s as­sis­tant Julie on juliec27@big­pond.net.au for

fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Great to hear the launch of Strictly Ball­room will be held at the Con­cert Hall, QPAC, on Fe­bru­ary 23. I loved this show in Syd­ney and it’s had a ter­rific sea­son in Mel­bourne. Now it’s time for Bris­bane to en­joy it. Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany’s com­edy The For­eigner will open at Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre on March 6. Set in a fish­ing lodge in deep­est Ge­or­gia, USA, the Larry Shue play tells the story of Char­lie, a painfully shy man who mas­quer­ades as a for­eigner who can’t speak English to avoid con­ver­sa­tion. As­sum­ing he can’t un­der­stand them, the lo­cal peo­ple begin to speak freely, telling him their in­ner­most se­crets. Lots of other shows com­ing up soon – I’m deep in South-East Asia at present, hear­ing lots of gan­galang mu­sic and en­joy­ing the lo­cal cul­ture. I spent this af­ter­noon at the mud baths in Nha Trang – lis­ten­ing to a con­cert re­hears­ing for Lu­nar New Year.

The cast of Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany's

How the Other Half Loves

are ready for tonight’s open­ing per­for­mance.

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