3rd World Blues

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  • Location: Lind Lane Theatre, Nambour 4560 Queensland

The Vietnam war is the background for passionate debate and sometimes comic situations faced by 2 young returning servicemen, in this brilliant David Williamson play.

Ambition, corruption, fidelity, mateship, marriage, sexual politics, violence and responsibility, all come into sharp focus, as they resume life in suburbia.

Where were you in the 70's?

Directed by Errol Morrison.

When: Opening night Feb 18 at 7.15pm (including meal & drinks) for 8pm start.
Continues: February 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 8pm
Matinees: February 22 & 28 at 2pm
Cost: Adults $18, Conc $16, Members $14, Students $10
Lind Lane Theatre
16 Mitchell Street, Nambour
Bookings: 5441 1814


The Lind lane Theatre production of David Williamsons' "3rd World Blues" is set in 1972 and concerns the return of conscripts from active service in the then South Vietnam.

In order to give the actors a suitable background on the war and the military, Director Errol R J Morrison, has the assistance of thespian and Veteran John Ison. John served as an officer in the Special Air Services and saw action in Vietnam in 1969 -70.

His advice on everything from Australian military slang, procedure and equipment to hand to hand combat, has been invaluable.

In order to give the production a Vietnam "feel", the director wanted a poster and programme featuring the two army characters in the jungles of Vietnam.

Displaying the resource essential to a military man, John obtained two complete sets of "Jungle Green" uniforms [ circa 1970] and all the associated packs and webbing equipment through the generous assistance of the Education Department of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

To complete the effect, reproduction SLR and M16 rifles were kindly loaned by the Caloundra RSL Sub Branch Museum by the assistance of it's Memorabilia Officer Barry Hockey.

An accurate representation of the jungle of Vietnam, complete with 90% humidity, was carefully selected by John and found within a stones throw of the RSL at Caloundra.

Director Errol Morrison produced the photographs which will be used on the poster and programme.

"3rd World Blues" will open at Nambour Lind Lane Theatre on 18th of February for a 10 performance season.

Graphics to the right:
Pic 03 -- Wide shot , group on left of pic, Tristan Ozinga[ far left, Barry Hocking Caloundra RSL Sub Branch, unidentified, Rick Lund [rt] Rick and Tristan are actors in the production. Far Rt, Errol Morrison [Director with camera , John Ison Vietnam Vet Advisor for play]
Pic 02- john Ison adjusting hat for pic in " jungle "
Pic 01 -- two shot Rick Lund and Tristan Ozinga in " jungle "

Why would she do such a thing?

What makes a seemingly nice girl leave her husband while he is serving in the Army in Vietnam?

Why would the same girl have an affair with her husbands' best friend 9 weeks after the wedding?

Was it the rise of feminism, the sexual permissiveness?

It is, after all, the 70's.

Women were starting to take control of their lives, in a couple of years the Family Law act would mean she wouldn't have to be separated for 5 years to get a divorce.

This is only one of the many themes that David Williamson explores in the Lind Lane Theatre production of "3rd World Blues", opening on the 18th of Feb.

Rising young actress Katrina Forrester plays Keren, the wandering wife, one of the two female actors in this very amusing Drama that explores the return of a conscripted serviceman from the Vietnam War and the changed world he encounters.

Especially, when his wife plans to leave him for another man.

Naomi Clasolm, an experienced and popular actress plays Elizabeth, the wife of Keren's new love.

The reactions of men and women when faced with the reality of their loved one moving out, provides audiences with the full gamut of acting emotions.

The reality of putting both couples and other assorted colourful characters in the one room, is maybe, a little preposterous, BUT, it does make for very entertaining Theatre.

On opening night to which the playwright has been invited, the Director Errol R J Morrison has asked all patrons to turn back the clock, and dress 70's.

" 3rd World Blues" opens at Nambour Lind Lane Theatre on 18th of February for a 10 performance season. The last night will feature a Dutch Auction of most of the genuine 70's furniture and props used in the show.

Bookings can be made on 54411814.

Graphic to the right: Katrina Forrester and Naomi Clasolm

The Lind Theatre :
16 Mitchell Street, Nambour
07 5441 1814
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