23 July - 8 August 1981

In 1948 the first Holden was launched. Twenty five years later in 1975, the world began running out of petrol. It’s now 1981. How long will the petrol last?

THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD SHOW was a play about the effect of the car on our lives. The first half takes place in 1948 in a small radio station in Melbourne. A special musical program is being presented to celebrate a great new event for Australia. The launching of the FX Holden, the first complete Australian car… The Second half takes us forward to 1981 as ten ordinary people journey on the roads of Melbourne. To a radio soundtrack of patter and pop, we experience with them the split-second ramas, the near misses, the small triumphs of a Night On the Road…

Written and Directed by
PETER FINLAY
Designed by
PETER SOMMERFELD, TONY KISHAWI
Performed by
JO BOUNDY, COLIN BROWNE, JOHN FENELON, PETER FINLAY, RICHARD FLY, MERLE FORREST, SUSIE FRASER, JO HAM, CAZ HOWARD, TONY KISHAWI, HANNIE RAYSON, LYN SAUNDERS, PETER SOMMERFELD, BRETT STEWART, LEANNE THORPE

Theatre Works & Phoenix Theatre present

The Middle of the Road Show

By Peter Finlay