[Images courtesy of Matthew Richards, WDG Photographer]
It’s Wyong Drama Group’s 60th birthday this year, and they are beginning the celebrations by revisiting one of their most popular shows. For the April production, director Pam Campbell is staging three new episodes from the classic British comedy, Fawlty Towers. When John Cleese and Connie Booth penned the first episodes of this television series in 1975 it became an instant hit, and for nearly forty years fans of the show have been eager to re-watch episodes over and over again. Now that the scripts are available for stage production, the show is proving no less popular with theatre audiences. When Wyong Drama Group first performed three episodes from the series in 2006 the production was a runaway sellout success, and WDG is still packing them in now that they are returning to the pot for a third helping. This time the group is performing three of the best loved episodes from the series: The Builders, The Kipper and the Corpse and the hugely popular Basil the Rat.
The staging of this production is inspired. Pam has risen masterfully to the challenge of reproducing a television show for the stage. With the help of Hagen Heinrich she has constructed a set design that has enabled her to recreate the sets of the original show in a theatrical space, and mimic the feel of a television camera cutting from scene to scene. She has also amassed a cast who seem born to their roles. Howard Oxley, Kelly Humphries and Cathy Devries are returning for the third time as Basil, Sybil and Polly, while Laszlo Weidlich returns for the second time as Manuel. Each of these actors reproduces the show’s original characters with loving authenticity, and they are assisted by an equally dedicated support cast, all of whom conspire to bring theFawltyTowersstaff and guests to life within the walls of the Wyong Memorial Hall.
Fawlty Towers closes this weekend so you need to move fast if you want to snap up the few remaining tickets. To book your seats now call 4353 4353. The birthday celebrations continue in June when Wyong Drama Group hosts the annual Central Coast Theatrefest. The August production will be The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto, co-directed by Robyn and Laslo Weidlich. Then, in September, you’re all invited to the Rock and Roll Dinner Dance 60TH BIRTHDAY BASH. For more details visit www.wyongdramagroup.com.au