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By David Tattersall
AUSTRALIA Day, FAMDA’s latest of-
fering, is a complete contrast to the
company’s past few productions, which
tended to be somewhat gritty, realistic
and sometimes confronting dramas.
FAMDA’s Australia Day simply hilarious
Aussie pride: from left, Trevor Yong, Genevieve Moore, Luke Dearlove, Chris Pappas, Joanne Street and Lloyd Morcom provide many laughs in FAMDA’S Australia Day. Photo by
Making a point: Trevor Yong as Chester the
school teacher and Joanne Street as Helen
the Greens councillor discuss plans for a cel-
ebration in FAMDA’S Australia Day. Photo
by Yianni Banikos.
The audience at the opening night at the
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, last Friday
rocked with laughter throughout the play as Jon-
athan Biggins’ wicked satire skewered Austra-
lian attitudes to everything from conniving shire
councillors to global warming and endangered
frogs blocking development.
The play is a satirical look at the inner work-
ings and tensions in an Australia Day planning
committee. Playwright Jonathan Biggins, Aus-
tralian actor, comedian and satirist, has drawn
upon his experiences as an Australia Day am-
bassador in regional New South Wales to write
with affection and much humour about a com-
mittee of people with diverse interests, ages and
backgrounds which is planning the Australia
Day celebrations for a small country town.
There is Brian, the mayor and owner of the
local hardware store, preoccupied both with a
planning application from a bigger hardware
chain which could spell the end of his business,
and his hoped-for Liberal party pre-selection,
his loyal deputy Robert, Maree, the CWA repre-
sentative, who is rather at sea with modern com-
munications technology, and Wally, local build-
er and “unreconstructed ” male who has no time
for new-fangled notions about multiculturalism.
Into this mix of local identities, toss primary
school teacher Chester, representing the local
schools, whose parents were Vietnamese boat
people, and Helen, an ambitious and politically
correct member of the Greens, who has moved
to the area recently with hopes of using the Cori-
ole Shire council as a stepping stone into parlia-
The first half of the performance is set in the
Coriole Scout Hall where the committee holds
its meetings, and the second half takes place in
a marquee on the footy oval about six months
later on Australia Day, where almost everything
that can go wrong, does go wrong.
Director Andrew Oldroyd has put together
a talented group of people for this production,
despite the fact two cast members are making
their stage debut in this play, and he, the cast,
and FAMDA must be congratulated for making
a polished production out of this hilarious play.
Standout performances were given by Joanne
Street (Helen, the Greens councillor) and Lloyd
Morcom (Wally, the very non-PC builder), very
ably supported by Chris Pappas (mayor) and
Genevieve Moore (Maree, the CWA rep.).
Newcomers Trevor Yong (Chester Lee, the
schoolteacher) and Luke Dearlove (Robert, dep-
uty mayor) gave solid performances that belied
the fact this was their stage debut.
The final five performances of this side-split-
ting comedy at the War Memorial Arts Centre,
Foster, are on Thursday, October 20, and Friday,
October 21 at 8pm, Saturday, October 22 at 2pm
and 8pm, and Sunday, October 23 at 2pm and
bookings are at www.trybooking.com/MWKY
or Main Street revelations, Foster.
There is limited seating, and tickets are al-
ready selling fast, so don’t leave it until too
late. And please be aware that the play contains
coarse language and adult themes.
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