BARE ON THE AIR Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock, NSW 2325
Join Bare Productions for an hour of laughs at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery as they perform four short, funny plays presented in the style of last century’s ‘live radio’. Five actors in evening dress will group around their microphones and present a range of interesting characters, weird sound effects and catchy adverts to the in-studio audience.
Theatre producer/actor Annette Rowlison is delighted to be back at the Gallery. “After the very successful and well-received ‘Shakespeare's Mothers - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know’ presented earlier this year, we realised that the radio show format would work well in the intimate Gallery space. Performing small scale productions fits snugly with my company’s values and suits our style of pared-back 'Bare' theatre.”
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery chairperson, Katrina Rose, feels theatre is an excellent way to broaden the range of art the gallery exhibits. ‘I was delighted with our first move in this direction on Mother’s Day and am very pleased to bring this exciting new production to a Father’s Day audience,’ she said. ‘Watching five dynamic actors work flat out to present an hour of exciting ‘live radio’ will give us an action-filled theatrical addition to the day’.
The plays in ‘Bare on the Air’ take the audience through some tricky times and exciting events when the characters of ‘All Change for Valhalla’ by Mike Lorenzo meet weird and wonderful people in heaven; those of ‘More Tea, Vicar’ by Geoff Buckingham hold a church’s challenging 200th Anniversary Garden Party; those of ‘Playtime Sketch’ by Elsie and Doris Waters have a crazy clueless conversation and those of ‘Two Dozen Double Damask Dinner Napkins’ show just how confusing the English language can be.
Between the plays the audience is treated to stylish old-style radio adverts for a range of products from Brylcream to Nescafe via Deep Heat and Carnation Milk.
All twenty six radio cast characters and innumerable advertisement presenters are played by the same five Bare Productions actors – director Annette Rowlison herself and four others all of whom have worked with her previously, some in many plays over the past twenty three years.
As Annette says, “It's always a pleasure working with actors many times, as you get to know how each 'ticks' in the rehearsal room which speeds and enhances the rehearsal process each time. This is going to be a lot of fun for both us and the audience.”
Tickets: $20 including free glass of wine from Gallery sponsor Gartelmann Wines.