Senses Working Overtime

Dates: 12/12/2015

Edythe Brook Cooper

Edythe Brook Cooper

In this post, we look at the third of the finalists in the competition, Senses Working Overtime, a comedy by Rob Attenborough. Previous posts have covered the other two. All three plays will be presented in our upcoming season, so book your tickets now!

Edythe Brook Cooper was a member of BATS Theatre Company Inc from the late 1980s until her death in 2003. She made provision in her will for the Edythe Brook Cooper Trust, established to sponsor a play-writing competition.

This is a national competition, so it is very exciting that two of the finalists hail from here on the Sunshine Coast, and the other is from Brisbane.

Note that these posts are in no particular order: which of these plays has won first, second and third place in the competition will be announced on the closing night, along with awards for Best Director, Best Actor Male, Best Actor Female and the Audience Choice Award.

The play

In the Re-cycling Department, the Technicians are watching the football. Collingwood are losing. A tsunami of red wine is heading their way, the result of a power struggle in the Committee Room. Only Daydreams can avert the looming disaster.

 

The playwright

Rob Attenborough

Rob Attenborough

To go with his hair, Rob is “stunned as a mullet!” His first attempt in any competition, Rob is thrilled to bits and enjoying every moment of being in there with people who know what they’re doing.

Rob is currently in rehearsals for The Addams Family Musical which will be performed in late May at Coolum, playing the role of Uncle Fester. Rob has served on several theatre committees over the years and has numerous acting and directing credits. To all fellow Aspergers friends his message is simple. “Keep your dreams alive!”

The director

Alison Lambole

Alison Lambole

Alison Lambole has been acting and teaching Performing Arts for the last 17 years. She studied her National Diploma in Drama in South Africa and then went on to obtain her Degree in Teaching Drama. Alison began working in touring theatre companies in South Africa, as well as teaching in schools around Natal. Here she received several credits for directing, including ‘Best Mime Choreography’, ‘Best Director of a One Act Play’ and ‘Assistant Director Winning Performance.’

She then moved to the United Kingdom where she joined another touring theatre company, ‘Hurricane Productions’, and performed several shows in and around London. Alison started up her own theatre school, while continuing to teach and perform in other theatre companies. She then moved to The Channel Islands where she taught Performing Arts and Dance at the elite specialist school, Hautlieu Specialist Secondary School.

Alison immigrated to the Sunshine Coast in 2007, and teaches at local schools here. For BATS, she has performed in several productions, including ‘The Dancers’ and ‘Beauty’, and directed Bruce Olive’s ‘Call Centre Call’. She has started her own theatre company called Red Carpet Theatre Company, writing, directing and performing shows for children.

The cast

Knox Cameron

Knox Cameron

The Chairman – Knox Cameron

The Chairman tries to keep things together for Our Beloved Individual. Knox joined BATS last year to perform in his first drama, And Then There Were None. He appeared in Pirates of Penzance (2013), Miss Saigon (2012) and The Mikado (2011) Savoyards Brisbane.

Amy Maguire

Amy Maguire

Common Sense – Amy Maguire

Common Sense is the voice of unemotional reason, a bit like Mr Spock in Star Trek. Amy has appeared in The Naughty Christmas Fairy (2015) Red Carpet Theatre Company, and The Pie and the Tart (2015) BATS.

 

Pamela Burchall

Pamela Burchall

Optimism – Pamela Burchall

Optimism always hopes for the best, but can be a bit blind to the dangers at times. Pamela has had many and varied roles in South Africa and Queensland, including Macbeth and Anne of Green Gables Twelfth Night Theatre Co. Brisbane; Blue Notes Powerhouse Brisbane; Once Bitten (2012) and The Locals’ Spot (2013) BATS; A Tomb with a View, Summer Wonderland, Deathtrap, Shakespeare’s Girly Bits and Keeping Down With The Joneses The Lind.

David Frank

David Frank

Pessimism – David Frank

Pessimism looks out for danger, which keeps you alive, but can also bring you down! David has always had great dedication to the arts. He trained in acting at the Independent Theatre School, and in dance at the Edouard Borovansky Russian School of Ballet, both in North Sydney. He was co-founder of the ARS VIVA theatre company in the Blue Mountains. With ARS VIVA, he appeared in productions including Tom Jones, Twelfth Night, My Fair Lady and Cabaret. On the Sunshine Coast, he has appeared in Sweet Fanny Adams, West Moon Street, Tomb with a View, The Making of a Great Lover and Deathtrap for Lind; The Pie and the Tart and And Then There Were None (both 2015) BATS; and Bad King John (2016) Independent Theatre Company.

Amanda Zinn

Amanda Zinn

Daydreams – Amanda Zinn

Daydreams can turn a dream into reality, or reality into a dream. Amanda has previously appeared in My Fair Lady, Steel Magnolias, Calendar Girls, Harvey, Music Hall, Nunsense, The Boy from Oz Caloundra Chorale.

 

Susan M Brown

Susan M Brown

Co-ordination – Susan M Brown

Co-ordination tries to keep things moving together and in the same direction. Susan has appeared in The Naughty Christmas Fairy (2015) Red Carpet Theatre Company; The Pie and the Tart (2015) BATS; and Flood Warning (2014) Lind.

 

Luke Buxton

Luke Buxton

Shift Manager – Luke Buxton

The Shift Manager supervises all the technicians who run basic body functions. Luke attended the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 2015, where he won a Gold Medal for comedy performance as well as five Silver and an Industry Award. He has appeared in the film Bait and TV shows Terra Nova and Big Brother (2012). He has also appeared in TV commercials and many theatre productions, including All for One (2015) Lind.