Fleshing out the Fab Four
FROM his youth in Mansfield to writing well received plays and novels in Melbourne, Gabriel Berg moser has always been enthused about the creative process.
This has come to the fore once again in one of his latest works, a play centred around The Beatles called We Can Work It Out, which will be performed this month at regional venues in the North East.
Gabriel said he has long been fascinated by The Beatles, from their phenomenal success as a group to their various solo careers.
“And then there are all the interpersonal conflicts and tensions between the four.
“What was it like behind closed doors, especially during the more fraught times?” Gabriel said.
“We Can Work It Out kind of stemmed from wanting to explore that.”
He said he had read some books on the band and was also assisted in refining the script by actor and Beatles fanatic Brett Wolfenden, who plays Ringo in the show.
But The Beatles are not the first famous figures that Gabriel has written about – he also wrote an acclaimed play about Bruce Springsteen, as well as one about lesser known bushranger Captain Moonlite, and has also referenced real life figures such as Oscar Wilde in his work.
“Predominantly, it comes from a place of admiration or fascination; I want to gain a deeper understanding of a person or event that means a lot to me, so I approach it via theatre,” Gabriel said of his works.
“But beyond that, particularly with musicians like The Beatles or Bruce Springsteen, writing plays about them provides a way for me to explore the process and outlook of artists in general.
“We Can Work It Out is about what art should and does mean, while Springsteen was more a look at how much an artist should be willing to sacrifice to achieve success.
“I love writing about how people relate to and contend with their pasts, whether our choices and mistakes define us or not.
“Artists and their relationship with their work are also super interesting to me - go figure - and recently I’ve been writing a lot about how legends are formed and can shape cultures, particularly in regards to Australia.”
With the forthcoming performances of We Can Work It Out in the region, Gabriel said he was looking forward to showcasing his work to audiences so close to home.
“It’s really cool!” he said of his upcoming show dates.
“Doing shows in the North East is always a bit of a homecoming.” He said he has many fond memories of the North East and loves to return when he can.
“Day trips through Kelly Country, going to school in Mansfield; it’s tough to boil it down to just a few key moments,” he said of memories of his younger days.
“I always love coming home, but the longer you’re away the more you notice how things incrementally change and become a little less recognisable each time you come back.
“Not in a bad way exactly, but in a way that makes you realise time is passing.”
He is not resting on his laurels, however, with the third and final book in his young adult novel series centred around character Boone Shepard, also due out next month.
“It’s a bigger, more action packed, more emotional book than the previous two and I’m so proud of how it wraps the story up,” he said.
He also has another play in production, The Trial of Dorian Gray, which will be opening as part of the Midsumma Festival next January.
We Can Work It Out is being performed regionally in Wangaratta at 8pm on Wednesday, October 10 at the Stage Door Studio; in Mansfield at 8pm on Thursday, October 11 at the Delatite Hotel; and in Benalla at 1pm on October 13 at North East Artisans.
For more information on the tour, see the Bitten By Productions page on Facebook.
STORYTELLER: Former North East resident Gabriel Bergmoser (left), seen here in an acting role in a 2017 Bitten By Productions’ play Dracula: Last Voyage of the Demeter alongside Chris Grant, is a prolific playwright and author who is about to tour a play he has written about The Beatles throughout the region.
◆ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: Portraying The Beatles in Gabriel Bergmoser’s play We Can Work It Out are (from left) Brett Wolfenden (Ringo), Troy Larkin (George), Karl Sarsfield (Paul) and Kashmir Sinnamon (John).