The world premiere season of legendary Aussie playwright David Williamson’s Nearer the Gods boasts a stellar cast of well-known performers
The theatre event of the year is almost here – the world premiere season of David Williamson’s Nearer the Gods. Featuring a roll-call of stage and television stars under the directorial hand of Queensland Theatre’s artistic director Sam Strong, it’s staged as the first production in the newly redesigned Bille Brown Theatre. Opening on October 6 in South Brisbane, Nearer the Gods meets Isaac Newton on the verge of his greatest scientific discovery, and genius, bastardry and heroism ensue. Given this powerful summation, it’s fortuitous that Strong has cast some of the best and most exciting actors in the country, including Matthew Backer ( Switzerland) who plays Edmund Halley, the muchloved Queenslander William McInnes ( SeaChange, Time of our Lives) who will play King Charles II, and Rhys Muldoon ( House Husbands) who plays Isaac Newton. Daniel Murphy will play Isaac Barrow and Samuel Pepys, with stage powerhouse Hugh Parker ( The 39 Steps) playing Sir Christopher Wren. Colin Smith ( An Octoroon, Twelfth Night) plays Robert Hooke, Lucas Stibbard ( Hoges, Wanted) plays John Wickens and Simon, with fellow Queenslander Hsiao-Ling Tang ( Rice) playing Joane and Royal Equerry, and Kimie Tsukakoshi ( The Family Law, Secret City) as Mary Halley. Ballina Players is seeking children aged from 8 to 17 to perform the song I Still Call Australia Home in The Boy from Oz. The choir will be directed by Katie Rutledge. The show runs from November 9 to December 2. Children would be required to be at all rehearsals and then to appear in at least every second show. They will be required on show days from 8.30pm until 10.20pm and 2.30pm until 4.20pm for matinees. They will also need a few mothers for supervision backstage. Please note a working with children check is required to be backstage. It is free and is available at kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/ child-safe-organisations/ working-with-children-check For more information call Karen Goodsell on 0428 373 803. Gold Coast Little Theatre is still seeking young dancers, gymnasts and movers for its November production of the Broadway blockbuster Hello, Dolly! If you fancy being in the iconic waiter’s gallop, email the director on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In rehearsal is Javeenbah Theatre’s A Kick in the Baubles, and GCLT’s Hello Dolly!, Spotlight Theatre’s The Marvellous Wonderettes and We Will Rock You are also preparing for opening night. On stage is Tweed Theatre Company’s First Things First and GCLT’s Run For Your Wife.
Playwright David Williamson's latest show Nearer the Gods opens in Brisbane next month.