Stage is a happy home while Ray’s away from TV

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

vet­eran says he couldn’t be hap­pier to be back on stage play­ing the role of out­back me­chanic Bob in the 10th an­niver­sary tour of mu­si­cal

“It’s a lot of fun out on that stage,” he said. “It’s a very dif­fer­ent feel­ing to be­ing in front of the cam­era, and I love them both the same.

‘’Of course, there’s less room for er­ror. Once the gun goes off, that’s it.

‘’If some­thing goes wrong, you have to think on your feet to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing. It’s not like on set, where you can just shoot the scene again.

“And I love the im­me­di­ate re­sponse you get from the au­di­ence. It’s un­beat­able.”

Hav­ing played the role at var­i­ous times through­out his ca­reer since 2007, Meagher is fa­mil­iar with the script, which he says has been use­ful when work­ing with a new pro­duc­tion team.

“Each time I’ve played the role, it’s been slightly dif­fer­ent, which keeps it re­fresh­ing, but it’s nice to have that fa­mil­iar­ity.”

Yes­ter­day fel­low ac­tors Emily Sy­mons and Radovich (above with Meagher) touched down in Bris­bane to at­tend the mati­nee show at QPAC.

Speak­ing to Con­fi­den­tial, Sy­mons said they were miss­ing Meagher on the

set. “We’re hold­ing down the fort, but miss­ing him ter­ri­bly,” she said. play­ing at QPAC un­til Novem­ber 4.

Meagher Ray Lukas

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