about the show
Celebrating Australia Day, Mates Theatre Genesis and The Redland Museum will present â€œBarbecue,â€ a grassroots comedy by Daryl Peebles.
Brimming with quintessential characters and fearless Aussie humour, â€œBarbecueâ€ is a delightful insight into what goes on in backyards all over Australia.
Centred around the cultural ritual of the backyard barbie, the storyline centres on retired truck driver Colin Cooper (played by Daniel Baker), and his family who win the Lotto and move from the working class suburb of Bestwood to the ritzy suburb of Grand Bay. Social values are challenged and many hilarious moments unfold as the Coopers rub shoulders with their new upper class neighbours, the McKenzies, whose family dynasty newspaper empire is rapidly declining.
Leroy and Jonathan, fresh faced Mormons from Utah accidentally stumble into the backyard fray. The supposedly â€œnon-alcoholicâ€ punch fuels an unexpected love affair between Leroy and the McKenzieâ€™s spoilt daughter, Marion, whilst slick financial adviser Kevin dishes up sage business advice.
Add a hotted up Torana, running commentary on the cricket score provided by Colinâ€™s mail-order Asian bride, Connie; and the scene is set for a barbecue to remember.
Directed by Tereska Hart, a performer with professional theatrical, film and TV experience, â€œBarbecueâ€ will feature a cast of Mates Theatre Genesis regulars and newcomers. The crew includes: Diana Gogulski, Assistant Director; Ian Munday, Stage Manager; and James Auld, Sound & Lighting.
â€œBarbecueâ€ will be performed on the evenings of January 25, 26, 31 and February 1, 8 with matinee performances from 1.00pm on January 27 and February 9. Tickets to the matinee performances are $27, including a devonshire tea. The evening ticket, $37 includes a two course BBQ dinner served under the stars amongst the gum trees from 6pm.
By Daryl Peebles
By arrangement with David Spicer Productions www.davidpsicer.com.au
Directed by Tereska Hart
Kevin A. Glover - Andrew McArthur
Leroy Young - Josh Welter
Jonathan - Taine Harding
The Cooper Family
Colin Cooper - Daniel Baker
Connie Coopr - Ann Leung
Kylie Cooper - Melita Sattler
Krystal Cooper - Laura Perrett
The McKenzie Family
Len McKenzie - Roy Nunn
Judith McKenzie - Suze Harpur
Marion McKenzie - Hannan Messmar
Director - Tereska Hart
Assistant Director - Diana Gogulski
Stage Manager - Ian Munday
Props - Tereska Hart, Cast & Crew
Set Design Tereska Hart
Set Constuction - Ian Munday & Redland Museum
Sound & Lighting: James Auld & Shane Webb
Evening Performances: 6pm for 6.30pm dinner and show
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th & Friday 31st January
Saturday 1st & Saturday 8th February
Matinee Performance: 1:30pm for 2pm Afternoon tea and show
Monday 27th January (Public Holiday) & Sunday, 9 February
The Redland Museum
60 Smith Street, Cleveland Qld 4163