YLT Blokes night out

Ian Westley, Nick Webber, and Derek Lunau on stage at Yeppoon Little Theatre

By Trish Bowman

Following the huge success of Yeppoon Little Theatre’s Calendar Girls last season which featured the cream of the Capricorn Coast Centrefolds, the boys from the beach demanded equal time to strut their stuff.

In a first for Yeppoon Little Theatre, the next production, Blokes Night Out, scheduled for Friday 13 May, is a collection of short plays for men that is gearing up to be a riot of fun.

Three of YLT’s experienced directors eventually caved to the pressure and came up with a series of one act plays featuring blokes, well mostly, although it’s a challenge to spot them at times.

See what happens when a bloke struggles with time and life, or three flat mates with completely different personalities try to solve the epic issues of our times, such as shirt folding and cereal-gate.

A funeral getting out of control and two blokes just wanting to have a quiet cuppa round out the show.

Jill Curran, director of two of the plays, thinks the mixture of comedy and pathos of the plays is just right for a great night of entertainment.

Jill said many of the group’s productions have a female dominant cast and she thought it was time to put the regions talented male performers in the spotlight in a night of side-splitting comedy.

“We expect the night to be a lot of fun, in one of the acts we have two men playing the part of two maiden aunts,” Jill said.

Yeppoon Little Theatre will present three plays in the program, all comedies.

The first is Batchelor Holiday, by Alan Ball, a cheeky irreverent play about three flat mates in New York in the ‘80s.

Also included is Turn the Other Cheek by Alex Broun based on the social awkwardness of dating. The third play is a comedy of the absurd, Crossing the Bar, by Don Nigro.

Jill said of course, the girls can’t be left out completely so the program also features a great physical theatre piece called the Clock and the Calendar which is suitable for everyone.

“We will have a cast of ladies playing men, dressed to go to work, speaking in unison as they relate the challenges of a man’s working life over the passing of time,” she said.

The program is five shows starting Friday 13 May and booking can be made by visiting www.yeppoonlittletheatre or by phone 0437 491 990.

Tickets are $20