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A Night at Little Grimley

A Night at Little Grimley

Welcome to the world of Little Grimley! Little Grimley is a small parochial community – for our purposes set no where specific – which is home to one of the worlds most memorable community theatres.

Why so memorable? Because they are bad. Really bad. More than that, they are unbelievably inept and horribly incompetent. Yet, no matter how things go, they always manage to be “right on the night” because the show “must go on”.

These three plays from playwright David Tristram showcase both the best AND the worst of the four players in the Little Grimley Amateur Theatre Society.

Gordon is the pretentious director who lacks talent, but can’t stop criticising everyone else. He thinks he’s the leader and plays the part well. However, the only reason the others follow is that they have even less of a clue than he does.

Margaret is the sensible one. She’s also the peace maker (when she’s not fighting with Bernard). If it wasn’t for Margaret the whole organisation would have fallen apart years ago. Unfortunately she’s a follower, not a leader… but when there’s no one to follow –

Joyce is the star – at least in her own mind! She’s that wonderful person in amateur theatre who thinks’ she’s ten times better than she is. But she holds things together and often saves the day.

Bernard is…well, Bernard (think Bananas)! If it’s possible for things to go wrong, and when it isn’t Gordon’s fault, it’s Bernard’s. He tries, but he fails. He cares a lot, but doesn’t care at all. Bernard is the one that just ends up in the mess of it!

Director Paul Barrs has brought together a dynamic cast of both young and old from all areas of the Sunshine Coast. Of course being the Sunshine Coast he hasn’t tried to find people who necessarily look similar or sound similar to play the different roles, but instead focused on those annoyingly simple character traits that so many of us have. Keep an eye out for “The Chin-strument” and you’ll know what we mean.

The Plays:

Last Tango in Little Grimley.

Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society is in trouble. The membership has dwindled to four – the audiences aren’t much bigger – and if they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out. “There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days” argues Gordon the Chairman. “Sex!”

Thus begins the chaotic and hilarious build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama – an evening the locals would never forget!

The Cast: Kurtis Laing (Gordon) Samantha Fazldeen (Margaret) Broderick Cannon (Bernard) Elaine Pischnotte (Joyce)

Last Panto in Little Grimley.

The Last Tango in Little Grimley sees Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard tackle the Christmas pantomime with predictably hilarious results.

Imagine the possibility of everything going wrong – and then it does! And yet somehow goes right.

The Cast: Sharon Grimley (Margaret) Mathieu Cadart (Bernard) Kate Cullen (Joyce) Marcus Eriksen (Gordon)

The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley.

Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back to tackle yet another threat to their survival – this time in the shape of a rival am-dram, newly-formed in their village, determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical.

The querulous quartet pull together to devise an ingenious military-style plan that doesn’t, well, go quite to plan. When their subterfuge is discovered by the rival society’s psychopathic front-of-house manager, he’s none too pleased.

The Cast: Richard Luscombe (Bernard) Mary Newton (Joyce) Paul Barrs (Gordon) Sandy Luscombe (Margaret)

Performances: Friday / Saturday / Sunday October 3rd to 5th as well as the following week 10th, 11th.

Book NOW for a fantastic Night’s entertainment!

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