Stage set for hilarious time
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.