Love In A Food Court

Dates: 04/01/2016 - 04/09/2016 Location: Buderim War Memorial Hall

ebc-logoIn this post, we take a closer look at the second of the three finalists in the Edythe Brook Cooper playwriting competition for one act plays. Watch for our coming post on the third finalist.

The play

Love in a Food Court rehearsalKrystal Vickery suffers from June West Syndrome which causes an otherwise confident, witty woman to get totally tongue-tied whenever she encounters an available man she fancies. So Krystal’s mother hires Nadette Harper-Smith, a qualified relationship expert to cure Krystal of the syndrome so she can land the man she has been admiring from afar in the Sunshine Plaza food court. But after the strong-willed Krystal chances upon her own unusual cure for June West Syndrome, she becomes so confident, she teams up with her new boyfriend Colin Sizer to seek a cure for Burton-Taylor Syndrome, the sad psychological ailment keeping Nadette apart from the love of her life, Lance Woewodin.

The playwright

Hugh O'Brien

Hugh O’Brien

Love In A Food Court is Hugh O’Brien’s 15th produced play. He has won numerous awards for his comedies which have been produced in all states of Australia as well as in New Zealand and the UK.

Originally from Kingaroy, Hugh has worked as a farm labourer, radio announcer, football commentator, advertising copywriter, media advisor and speechwriter for Queensland’s last five Premiers. Hugh’s creative partnership with John, Sarah and Anna McMahon has seen him enjoy previous success at Buderim, twice winning the Philip Chappell Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Play Script at the Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival.

The director

John McMahon

John McMahon

John joined BATS in 1971 when he arrived on the Sunshine Coast as a teacher at Maroochydore State School. Over the years, he has played numerous roles on stage and in latter years has directed a number of plays. Playing the vet, Dave, in all three of the Norman Trilogy plays was a real highlight for him.

John has directed and acted at Noosa Arts and Glasshouse and acted at The Lind. From 2008 to 2012 he was directing on the SEQ One Act Play Festival Circuit with his own family group of SAD (Sarah, Anna, Dad) Theatre. In that time, he has directed Hugh O’Brien plays at BATS, Glasshouse and at Festivals. His favourite role ever was as Reg in Hugh’s play, How The Other Half Loves.

The cast

Samantha Rose

Samantha Rose

Krystal – Samantha Rose

Krystal is looking for love, but finds it difficult to talk to the opposite sex. Samantha was Stage Manager for And Then There Were None (2015) BATS. This is her debut on-stage, and she is extremely excited to perform. She has just started Mixed Martial Arts at Tribal MMA, which is the complete opposite to her role here!

Nick Smith

Nick Smith

Colin – Nick Smith

Colin is Krystal’s love interest. Nick was born in the UK’s Midlands and has acted on and off (mainly off!) for more than 25 years. His first roles were in University comedy productions, which were then followed by acting silence and lack of trouble for directors for a good few years whilst he concentrated on his professional and personal life. Nick resurfaced as a talented (!) multi-lingual (!) actor (!) in Argentina, where he dusted off his acting boots and took South America by storm, sort of. His last role was in Appointment with Death in Buenos Aires, prior to his move to the Sunshine Coast. Love in a Food Court is Nick’s first role in Australia. If all goes well, it won’t be his last!!

Rochelle Cameron

Rochelle Cameron

Nadette – Rochelle Cameron

Nadette is a personal love trainer, trying to assist her client (Krystal) to successfully find love. Rochelle has appeared in Mystery on the Orient Express (2003) and Old Time Music Hall (2002) Whitsunday Theatre Group, as well as various TV commercials and extras roles in feature films. She is studying for a Bachelor of Theatre at JCU.

David Wilson

David Wilson

Lance – David Wilson

Lance is a love trainer, and the on/off partner of Nadette. He has Burton-Taylor syndrome so he cannot help putting down his partner, and she likewise. David has previously appeared in Once Bitten (2012), and directed The Beckoning Cat (2015) for BATS.