A TRIO of tales comes to Rigby’s Bar and Bistro this March, as three short plays by Perth playwright Johnny Grim are brought to life.
Presented by A lad in sane productions, Stairway to Heaven, White Roses and Profound Moments were selected by previous audiences who described them as plays they would like to see one more time.
In White Roses, a man finds himself at the pub after his wife of 30 years walks out on him – and he’s hopeful his best friend’s intimate knowledge of women can help bring her back.
Stairway to Heaven is set at the Pearly Gates, as Robbie tries to find out why he is in limbo and what’s to become of him.
The award-winning Profound Moments finds Anne in the pub after a dinner date has gone horribly wrong, joining friends Dawn, Sandra and Yvonne where she can tell them about her nightmare experience.
The show picked up awards for best comedy, best original play and best supporting actor at the 2011 Hills Festival of Theatre.
Grim, who also directs his three plays, confessed he had no idea where the inspiration for his writing came from.
“Strange seeds of ideas just pop into my head and sometimes the seed germinates,” he said.
“These three plays are ones that sprouted successfully.”
A lad in sane productions was formed by Grim in 2006, staging 15 productions in a variety of venues including the Old Mill, Phoenix, Camelot and Latvian Centre Theatres and Midland Junction and Don Russell Performing Arts Centres.
Grim was named best new writer at the 2009 and 2010 Dramafests, the annual state drama festival, and has several plays listed with South Australia’s Moore Books and Lazy Bee Scripts in England.
He said he isn’t fazed at the prospect of directing his own works.
“Having a talented bunch of actors at my disposal, I should think I would do no more than point them in the direction of the turnstiles,” Grim said.
Stairway to Heaven, White Roses and Profound Moments play 8pm March 16, 17, 18 and 19 and 6pm March 20. All tickets $20 except March 19 which includes dinner and show for $60 – book at www.trybooking.com/172604.
Please note: these shows are rated MA and contain coarse language and adult themes.
Rigby’s Bar and Bistro is located at the rear of 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
stairway1-2: David Johnson, left, Tim Prosser and Willy Smeets meet at the Pearly Gates in Stairway to Heaven at Rigby’s Bar this March.
profound1-2: Genevieve Hanley, left, Kathleen Alloway, Marian Byrne and Trish Farrell play four women sharing the ups and downs of life in Profound Moments.