Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Splash Theatre Company’s Aussie pub show, “And Their Ghosts May Be Heard”, will return for performances during History Week at the Director’s Hotel in Gouger Street. It will also be performed for secondary students at schools in this period.

The show comprises a selection of the best Aussie ballads and songs by writers including Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and others. It also depicts significant scenes from Australia’s history including the Eureka Stockade, Ned Kelly’s trial and Anzac Day.

The cast comprises Elliot Howard and Nick Martin, both acting graduates from AC Arts, and Chris John. Nick, who has been a shearer for the past four years, brings particular insight to his role.

“This show will appeal to anyone who is interested in Australia, past and present, and what it is to be an Australian, particularly an Australian male. The show features classic material about mateship, hardship, aimless wandering, drinking, gambling and death”, says director/actor Chris John.

In time-honoured Aussie tradition the cast “passes the hat around” at each performance to collect money for a local charity or service organization. During the Fringe season nearly $2,000 was raised in this way for charities including Anglicare, the Salvation Army, Rotary, Teen Challenge and the RSL.

The show celebrates Aussie larrikins, legends, ratbags, no-hopers, ear-bashers and
two-bob lairs with rollicking good humour and irreverence. In the relaxed pub atmosphere it offers great entertainment as well as a chance to revisit or be introduced to classic ballads, songs and episodes from Australia’s past and present.

The performance is also suitable for Secondary and Tertiary students with relevance to Australian literature and ballads, Australian Studies and Drama. Already several schools performances have been stage with great success and positive feedback from students and teachers alike.

“Superb Australiana” Peter Goers, Sunday Mail
“has the crowd toe-tapping, giggling and bursting into song - good, old-style, affable pub entertainment” Adelaide Theatre Guide
“from poetry to song to skit to monologue, swinging from cheery to solemn. Dinky Di instruments like the harmonica, the comb and the spoons set the soundtrack to old favourites including Waltzing Matilda and The Road to Gundagai. When the tone is lowered, as for a captivating description of the battle at Gallipoli, the trio hold attention and draw tears . . . these blokes sing with gusto and reverence for meaning - an engaging performance”
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Splash Theatre Company presents AND THEIR GHOSTS MAY BE HEARD an Aussie pub show with Elliot Howard, Chris John and Nick Martin

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Splash Theatre Company

An independent, professional touring theatre company based in Adelaide and touring throughout Australia and overseas.
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P: 08 82777293
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