GET­TING NEARER

The world pre­miere sea­son of leg­endary Aussie play­wright David Wil­liamson’s Nearer the Gods boasts a stel­lar cast of well-known per­form­ers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - KATE PETERS

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 pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au 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.

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