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
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 email@example.com 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.