STEELE Rudd’s classic Dad and Dave short stories are coming to the Roxy Lane Theatre in the stage production On Our Selection.
Presented by ARENAarts and directed by Peter Nettleton, the play was originally published in 1912 and has been described as Australia’s only successful folk comedy, performed hundreds of times in numerous countries.
“It’s told from the viewpoint of the original Aussie battlers – a family of pioneer subsistence farmers, their friends and acquaintances,” Nettleton said.
“The play has a winning combination of theatrical ingredients, including life and death struggles, love triangles and political crusades.
“The main challenge is having a large cast of actors with varying levels of experience.
“There are also some very quick action sequences, a lot of scene changes and plenty of goings-on.”
First performing with KADS and Darlington Theatres in the 1980s, Nettleton set up the comedy cabaret troupe ACME Theatre Co before working with Melville and Harbour Theatres as a director.
He returned to acting with the Graduate Dramatic Society and Blue Room and Garrick Theatres.
Nettleton was named best director at the 2013 Hills Festival of Theatre and Dramafest for his production of The Bald Prima Donna and, more recently, directed No Strings Attached at KADS Theatre.
“I first read Steele Rudd’s short stories as a schoolboy,” he said. “My mother’s forebears were subsistence farmers on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the setting for Rudd’s stories.
“I identified with the fighting spirit and recognised the dry sense of humour – and I also loved the movies and spin-off radio serial.”
On Our Selection plays 8pm March 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 with a 2pm matinee March 24. Tickets are $22, $16 concession – book at www.whatson.com.au/arena or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.
The Roxy Lane Theatre is on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Roxy Lane, Maylands.
selection1: On Our Selection features Garry Davies, left as Dave and Jim Chantry as Dad.
selection2: Dave (Garry Davies, left) and Lily (Federica Longo) are all smiles in the Steele Rudd classic On Our Selection.
selection5: Dave (Garry Davies, left) finds himself in trouble with Joe (Blake Hughes) in On Our Selection.
selection6: Cranky Jack (Mike Moshos, right) springs into action as Carey (Tim Mitchell) tries to fend him off.
ARENAarts is an independent, West Australian, not-for-profit arts organisation producing and supporting such projects as professional co-op shows and community theatre, as well as theatre-for-schools productions.
Our work includes such things as Wyrd Sisters, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Santa's Space Christmas, Doctor Who: Hellblossom, Northanger Abbey and The Storykeeper.
We aim to provide creative opportunities in the arts to encourage the growth of local, grassroots arts projects and to create works to reach new and existing audiences.
Since 1988, we have produced more than 155 arts projects, which have had more than 4300 performances for an audience in excess of 1 million.
ARENAarts community theatre productions are completely run by volunteers, from the actors to the director, as well as everyone involved behind the scenes. The productions are held at a variety of venues all across the Perth metropolitan area. They are tremendous fun and a great way to learn skills and make friends. Great for those just starting out in the industry as well as seasoned performers.
ARENAarts co-op productions are the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to put on a professional production but are in need of funding, set and props and/or mentorship.
ARENAarts theatre-for-schools program offers touring educational productions that cater for junior to upper primary children.
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