Celebrating Australia Day, Mates Theatre Genesis and The Redland Museum will present “Barbecue,” a grassroots comedy by Daryl Peebles.
Brimming with quintessential characters and fearless Aussie humour, “Barbecue” 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 “non-alcoholic” punch fuels an unexpected love affair between Leroy and the McKenzie’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 Colin’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, “Barbecue” 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.
“Barbecue” 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