A mov­ing tale from the pen of the pro­lific and tal­ented Aussie David Wil­liamson tells of a twi­light love af­fair set in the sunny sub­trop­ics

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

The bril­liance of play­wright David Wil­liamson will be on show when Mur­willum­bah The­atre Com­pany presents his clas­sic com­edy Trav­el­ling North from May 26 to June 11. The pro­ceeds from the night will be do­nated to the Tweed May­oral Flood Relief Fund, with lo­cal clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions in­vited to at­tend. Trav­el­ling North is a heart­warm­ing story about a twi­light love af­fair be­tween 70-year-old Frank and Frances, who is in her late fifties. To­gether, they travel north to find their place in the sunny sub­trop­ics much to the con­ster­na­tion of Frances’ daugh­ters in Mel­bourne, who fear that Frank is us­ing their mother as a live-in nurse and are con­cerned that they no longer have the ser­vices of a doting grand­mother. Pa­trons are in­vited to BYO drinks and food and will be seated at ta­bles in cabaret style. Book on­line at mur­willum­bahthe­atre com­ There were two ma­jor open­ings last week: Spot­light’s Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat and GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial. Joseph is per­formed by a mostly young cast, in an in­no­va­tive and en­er­getic way. Di­rected by new wiz­kid An­drew Copcroft Pen­man, the show con­tains some ex­cel­lent har­mony work from the en­sem­ble, and is lead by a very com­pe­tent nar­ra­tor in Caro­line Tay­lor. The vol­ume of mu­sic was ex­ces­sive in the first half but cor­rected in the sec­ond. It’s fresh, slick and should ap­peal to a wide de­mo­graphic on the Coast. GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial opened to a ca­pac­ity crowd at both the pre­view and open­ing night, with an­other full house on the Sun­day mati­nee. Any­one who en­joys the go­ings-on of the Royal Fam­ily will love this play, rem­i­nis­cent of the events in the film The King’s Speech. Yours Truly had the op­por­tu­nity to pop into the new premises of NAPA (Na­tional Academy of Per­form­ing Arts) last week. An ex­tremely im­pres­sive venue, it In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are GCLT’s 70 Girls 70 and Javeen­bah’s The King­fisher and play­ing cur­rently are GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial (run­ning un­til May 27), Tu­gun The­atre’s Sylvia, Spot­light’s Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat and Nep­tune Pro­duc­tions’ Beauty and the Beast. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

The Mur­willum­bah The­atre Com­pany is about to stage David Wil­liamson’s Trav­el­ling North.

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