Performance Archive: 1989


Age Comedy Festival

Date: 03 Apr 1989

Gather at the Linga Longa Private Hotel, a run-down, but once historic, boarding house situated at 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. Meet the wealth of ‘St Kilda eccentrics’ who pop in and out of the rooms …

Meet MORREY, the blind caretaker who loathes his guests! Wait with faded star SHEILA for ‘that’ phone call from her agent. Listen to FREDDIE FINALLY’s jokes and realise why he didn’t get to Edinburgh! Try to understand the lilt of Welsh freedom fighter GARETH, who’s lost his passport. Ponder the motives of real estate agent NICK … did he buy the building Why? Work out LIZ’S guilty secret! Investigate the gorilla suit in ROSIE’s cupboard!

The audience moves from room to room as the play unfolds and they piece together the story. The audience is divided into three groups for this purpose, and they gather together for the final scene in the TV Lounge to witness the last Happy Hour at the Linga Longa!

FULL HOUSE: NO VACANCIES is the latest comedy from Paul Davies, who wrote the highly successful Living Rooms, On Shifting Sandshoes, and Storming St Kilda By Tram, the mobile hit of the 1988 Comedy Festival!

Written by: Paul Davies

Directed by: Robin Laurie

Performed by: Carolyn (Caz) Howard, Laura Lattuada, Valentina Levkowicz, Brian Nankervis, Merfyn Owen, Roger Selleck and Phil Sumner.

[YES!!! It takes place in an actual former St Kilda Boarding House!]  

misery of beauty

Date: 25 May 1989 – 17 Jun 1989

The Misery of Beauty centres around the lives of four characters, a magician, his assistant, a singer and a dancer. It is a play about love, friendship, loneliness and trust. When their nocturnal world of glitter and illusion is disturbed by the discovery of some perplexing letters, a journey begins, which takes them from backstage at a nightclub in an inner bayside suburb of Melbourne, to Highston, a small country town in Victoria.

Here under the blinding sun their dreams, secrets and obsessions are exposed, as each searches for the truth behind the lies.

The Misery of Beauty discovers the paradoxical humour in the twists of tragedy.

Presented by: Lunar Theatre

Written by: Wendy Joseph [Adapted from the novel by Louis Nowra]

Directed by: Wendy Joseph

Performed by: Louise Siverson, Ken McLeod, Rob Lyon, Carole Patullo, Stephen Parratt, Annie O’Shannessy, Alex Pinder and Glen Hunt.

Designed by:
Paul Newcombe [Set]
Jacqui Everitt [Costume]
Robert Gebert [Lighting]

Music by:
Sam Mallet

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