Play delivers plenty of laughs
LAUGHS were a plenty and drinks were flowing when Chinchilla's thespians took to the stage at the weekend to once again perform The Sheep from Kogan Creek and more than decade later, the much loved production proved just as popular as before.
More than 500 theatre enthusiasts flocked to Chinchilla Cultural centre on Friday and Saturday night to watch the hilarious tale of the play's lively characters Cocky Burke, Quick Jacqui, Sir Johnny Hartless, Fingers and Basil the Sheep unfold.
After 12 long years, original cast members Allan Gath, Therese Black, Greg Bender, Noel O'Leary and Greg Flynn returned to reprise their roles, while Joanna Bender, who starred in the first production, opted out of performing but was on hand to direct the play.
She said the event was a great success and she was proud of how the cast members performed.
"It was quite early in the piece when we knew Saturday night was going to be a sell out but it was surprise,” she said.
"I know some of the thespians were quite nervous but I had faith in them. A week before opening night I was confident it would be fine.
"Right from the start it's all people doing something that's a bit of fun for a good cause and none of them took themselves too seriously which I think is so important with that kind of play otherwise it just wouldn't come off.”
Mrs Bender said the production resonated with audiences because of its memorable characters and comedic value.
"This play has just really stuck, it's hard to match poor old Basil the sheep. It's still relevant, I think out of all the plays we've done it's the one everyone has remember because it's the type of play...the characters are just memorable and the people that play them truly make it their own,” she said.
Proceeds from the play will be donated to the Our Lady of Help of Christians Parish and its catholic missions.
Organiser Jodie Hart said the production "went very well” and exceeded the committee's expectations.
"We had about 250 people through the door on Saturday night and almost 350 on the Saturday night,” she said.
"The crowd we had was a big mixture of older people and younger people. We've had great reports about it, everyone has been picking their favourite character... Basil was a favourite of a lot of them, and Fingers was great too but you couldn't say one was better than the other.”
Mrs Bender said this year's production proved as popular as the original because it's the kind of play "that feeds the soul”.
"It's so much fun and it's a great cause and you just love doing it... hopefully the audiences as well and that's important in this day and age, life gets in the way and before you know it you haven't done anything that gives you any joy.”