Stage set for hi­lar­i­ous time

Southern Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Ash­wini Saseedaran

When gen­eral man­ager Rob Warner clocks off from his nine-to-five role at Dankz Fur­ni­ture Port Kennedy, he steps into the world of the­atre to ex­plore a more cre­ative side and his lat­est di­rec­tive piece The For­eigner is prov­ing to be a hit.

Set in a fish­ing lodge in Ge­or­gia, USA, Froggy and Char­lie ar­rive as guests from Eng­land.

Char­lie’s ex­ces­sive shy­ness and de­pres­sion from his wife’s ill­ness is turned into a side-split­ting com­edy as Froggy ex­cuses Char­lie’s an­ti­so­cial be­haviour by in­tro­duc­ing him to oth­ers as a for­eigner who does not un­der­stand English.

“The guests take this ex­pla­na­tion as fact and, as the play goes on, se­crets are re­vealed to Char­lie,” Warner said.

“Some­times peo­ple do it on pur­pose and other times it’s be­cause Char­lie hap­pens to lis­ten in on plans by nasty peo­ple.

“It all cul­mi­nates in a hi­lar­i­ous cli­max and heart-warm­ing end­ing.”

The For­eigner is Warner’s sec­ond show as di­rec­tor, hav­ing made his de­but in 2016 at Mar­loo The­atre where he was awarded the Yvonne Lynch Break­through Award and David Crewes Award for best set as well as nom­i­na­tions for best di­rec­tor and best play at the an­nual Fin­ley Awards.

“I en­joy do­ing com­edy be­cause I be­lieve peo­ple want to go out and have a good laugh,” he said.

“With The For­eigner, the main chal­lenge is en­sur­ing that au­di­ences be­lieve a per­son who is so quiet can change so much by tak­ing on a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity.

“It’s also one of the few mod­ern come­dies that re­mains true to hu­man na­ture de­spite its ab­surd ex­cesses.”

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Dankz Fur­ni­ture Port Kennedy gen­eral man­ager Rob Warner, back right, with some of the cast of The For­eigner, Kylie Isaia, Jac­qui Warner and Joe Isaia.

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