FOLLOWING the smash hit comedy It’s All Greek To Me at the Old Mill Theatre in 2014, Perth playwright Noel O’Neill has penned a sequel for even greater hilarity-matched-with-disaster.
The Planks, a Greek-English family living in ’60s London, return in It’s All Greek To Me Too! with family patriarch Nicky finding himself in all sorts of bother.
After becoming matchmaker for his former girlfriend Circe and cousin Stavros, the couple went off to live in Greece – but, after a few months, Nicky soon learns the marriage is a disaster.
Circe is completely disappointed by the domestic conditions in Greece with no hot water, no TV and a house occupied by a goat and chicken, so she returns to London and puts a curse on Nicky.
With Christmas coming, little money coming in, a pregnant daughter, a son about to get engaged, a suicidal wife, a crooked seer and an eye on the girls in his life, Nicky must find a way to get the curse lifted.
O’Neill, who co-directs the show with Valerie Dragojevic (also on stage as Jenna), said the sequel was simply a result of the fun experienced by the cast and crew during the original It’s All Greek To Me.
“They literally asked me to write the sequel so we could all work together again and I just felt there could always be more,” he said.
“The hardest thing to write is comedy and to keep it fresh – writing drama is so much easier because everyone gets to say great dramatic speeches they never get to say in real life.
“But comedy is different because the responsibility to make it funny is greater and I want the audience and cast alike to appreciate the humour and enjoy it.”
Involved in theatre for more than three decades, O’Neill is currently a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and has received a plethora of awards over the years for writing, directing and acting.
It’s All Greek To Me was no exception, picking up Milly Awards for best production, best director, best actor, best supporting actor and outstanding comedy performance, as well as two Finley Award nominations.
Despite It’s All Greek To Me Too! being a sequel, O’Neill said prior knowledge of the first play isn’t required.
“The character Nicky speaks to the audience throughout the play so the audience will pick up where the last play left off,” he said. “But this play also stands up by itself.”
It’s All Greek To Me Too! plays at 8pm February 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 26 and 27 with a 2pm matinee February 14 and 3pm matinee February 21. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at http://oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets or on (08) 9367 8719.
All proceeds from the 3pm matinee on February 21 will be going to the South West Bushfire Appeal. A donation box will also be on hand for people wishing to donate more to the appeal.
The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).
greek1: Andronikus (Rex Gray, left), Irena (Charlotte Weber), Stavros (Andre Balzelli), Athena (Vivienne Marshall) and Jenna (Valerie Dragojevic) in It’s All Greek To Me Too!
greek2: In It’s All Greek To Me Too!, Stavros (Andre Balzelli, left) doesn’t know what to make of Cassandra (Berti Moso) much to the bafflement of Andronikus (Rex Gray) and Nicky (Kim Taylor).
greek4: Nicky Plank (Kim Taylor, left) with his pregnant daughter Jenna (Valerie Dragojevic) in It’s All Greek To Me Too!
greek-proposal: A proposal is on the cards in It’s All Greek To Me Too! with Dimitri (Cameron Leese, left) and Katarina (Aimee Nicholls).
Old Mill Theatre
South Perth's Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to be operating out of one of the most historic buildings in South Perth. It was opened in 1899 as a Mechanics' Institute Hall. The South Perth Council purchased the building in 1913 and renamed it the Mends Street Hall. The council still owns the building, and supports our use of it.
The building first became a home of theatre in 1948, when the South Perth Dramatic Society moved in. The name Old Mill Theatre was first used in 1958, and the company was incorporated in 1959. In 2009, the theatre celebrated its 60th anniversary.
A number of significant changes to the building have occurred over the past few years, with major extensions completed in 2002. An understage tunnel, which links two backstage dressing rooms and enables easier access from one side of the stage to the other, was completed in 2008. Bathroom facilities have also been installed backstage as part of this project, which was wholly self-funded.
The Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to have strong support from its local council, the City of South Perth. The city undertook major renovations to the exterior of the building in 2008 and the theatre is looking better now than ever before.
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