Queensland Theatre Company Presents
Friday 30th May & Saturday 31st May @ 7:30pm
A daring plan to seize the day and escape from lonely lives make for an amusing and touching night of theatre in Queensland Theatre Company's Heroes.
The audience are introduced to Gustav, Henri and Philippe, three First World War veterans who spend their days on a quiet terrace of their military nursing home, meeting every morning to reflect on the peculiar circumstances in their equally peculiar nursing home.
Nothing changes much for these men, until one day, when Gustav hatches a daring plan to escape from the nursing home.
After meeting these three elderly oddballs, it becomes doubtful the scheme is destined for success. How could it? Henri is a romantic with a gammy leg who enjoys watching the pubescent girls at the nearby school. Philippe has a paranoid fear of being murdered by Madeleine, the tiny demanding nun who runs the home, and he's also prone to passing out at odd moments due to a piece of shrapnel in his head. Gustav, the most commanding of the three, suffers from agoraphobia and extreme distrust of his fellow humans.
Will Henri realise that his dreams of dating young women are just that; dreams? Will Philippe's paranoia lead him to the coincidental death he has predicted? Can Gustave get past the front gate?
Heroes, is a gentle comedy that sparkles with Tom Stoppard's trademark wit and wordplay. His Olivier Award winning translation of Gerald Sibleyras' Le Vent de Peupliers gives audiences the sense of what loneliness can do to people.
Following its Brisbane season, Heroes will perform in nineteen venues across the country on an extensive tour that will see the show on the road for almost four months.
Heroes is on at The Events Centre on Friday 30th & Saturday 31st May @ 7:30pm. Ticket Prices: $34.00 Adult, $29.50 Concession, $17.50 Child/Student. Members Prices: $30.50 Adult, $26.50 Concession, $15.50 Child/Student. For the most up to date information contact the Box Office on (07) 5491 4240. Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performance. For more information or to book through 'e-tix' online visit our website at www.etixdirect.com.au
Gérald Sibleyras - PLAYWRIGHT
Gérald Sibleyras was born in Paris in 1961. Heroes or Le Vent Des Peupliers was originally commissioned by Théatre Montparnasse and received three Molières nominations in 2003. His other plays include Le Béret de la Torture which he co-wrote with Jean Dell along with Un Petit Jeu sans Conséquence which received nine Molières nominations in 2003 including one for Best Author. His most recent play, Une Heare et Damie de Retard (again co-written by Dell), premiered at Theatre des Mathurios. Currently Gérald Sibleyras is working on two plays, La Danse de l'Albatros and Vive Bouchon!
Tom Stoppard - TRANSLATOR
Tom Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia and lived in Singapore and India before moving to England. He began his career as a journalist. Tom Stoppard had his first major success with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1966 and six months later by the National at the Old Vic. His other plays for the stage include Henry IV (adapted from Pirandello, 2004), The Coast of Utopia trilogy (2002), The Seagull (adapted from Chekov, 1997), The Invention of Love (1997), Indian Ink (1995), Arcadia (1993), Hapgood (1988), Artist Descending a Staircase (1988), Dalliance (adapted from Schnitzler, 1986), Lazgo Desolato (adapted from Vaclav Havel, 1986), Rough Crossing (adapted from Molnar, 1984), The Real Thing (1982), On the Razzle (adapted from Nestroy, 1981), Undiscovered Country (adapted from Schnitzler, 1979), Night and Day (1978), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn, 1977), Dirty Linen (1976), Newfoundland (1976), Travesties (1974), Jumpers (1972, revived 2004, National Theatre), Dogg's Our Pet (1971), After Magritte (1970), Enter a Free Man (1968) and The Real Inspector Hound (1968). The Invention of Love won him his seventh Evening Standard Award. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties and The Real Thing all won Tony Awards.
His radio plays include In The Native State (Giles Cooper Award, 1990-91), The Dog It Was that Died (1982), Artist Descending a Staircase (1972), Where Are They Now? (1970), Albert's Bridge (Italia Prize, 1967) and If You're Glad I'll Be Frank (1966). His plays for television include The Dog It Was that Died (1989), Squaring the Circle (1984) and Professional Foul (Bafta Award, 1977).
His film credits include Enigma (2001), Shakespeare in Love with co-author Marc Norman (winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, 1999), Bill Bathgate (1990), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which he also directed (winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 1990), The Russia House (1989), Empire of the Sun (1987), The Human Factor (1980), Despair (1978) and The Romantic Englishwoman (co-author, 1975). He was made CBE in 1978, received a knighthood in 1997 and the Order of Merit in 2000. He joined the Board of the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 and has honorary degrees from Bristol, Brunel, Leeds, Sussex, London, Kenyon College, York, Hull and Yale.
Jon Halpin - DIRECTOR
Jon has been Associate director at Queensland Theatre Company since early 2005 and in that time he has directed The Woman Before, American Buffalo, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hitchcock Blonde and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Previously, he directed Proof, The Lonesome West, The Messiah, Bill & Mary and Bash, Latter Day Plays for the Queensland Theatre Company. He was Associate director on The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and Playbox, and has been Assistant director on The Spook, The Road to Mecca, The Tragedy of Richard the Second, Buried Child, Dirt, The Forest and Fred. Other directing credits include Women in Voice 13 (QPAC), Harriers (metro Arts), Cloud Nine (QUT), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (USQ), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Rolling Jaffa) and Me and My Friend (Armardean Players). He has been invited to the Australian National Playwrights' Conference as a guest director in 2004 and 2006. Jon received a Matilda Award in 2003 for his direction of Bash, Bill & Mary and The Messiah, and in 1999, a Light Globe Award for directing Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations.
Bruce McKinven - DESIGNER
Bruce graduated from QUT's Visual Arts course in 1994 and from the NIDA design course in 1997. Prior to NIDA he was a Design Assistant for various Brisbane and Sydney based companies including Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. Bruce has designed seasons for Expressions Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Thwack, WA Ballet and most recently Kate Champion's Tenebrae - Part 1 and 2, for Force Majeure/The Song Company and Brian Lucas' Underbelly for Brisbane Powerhouse. Theatre credits include American Buffalo, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hitchcock Blonde, Mano Nera, Vincent in Brixton, God is a DJ, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Proof, The Lonesome West, A Conversation, Bill and Mary (Queensland Theatre Company), The Dying Gaul (State Theatre Company of South Australia), The Heidi Chronicles, Return (USQ), Urban Dingoes, Lone Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite) and St Kilda Tales (QUT). Bruce has worked as a Design Coordinator, Venue Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Design Assistant and Co-Designer for the Adelaide Festival and his film credits include Mission Impossible (Assistant Art Finisher - Wardrobe), Scooby Doo (Costume and Props Maker) and Eucalyptus (Production Assistant). In 2001 Bruce was awarded The Mike Walsh Fellowship, a professional development grant, which enabled him to spend time with Dublin based dance company Cois Ceim.
Matt Scott - LIGHTING DESIGNER
Matt has had a long association as a lighting designer with Queensland Theatre Company spanning more than 10 years with over 30 productions to his credit. Highlights during that time include The Woman Before, Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Christmas Carol, Oedipus the King, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Mano Nera, The Venetian Twins, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Proof, Phedra, The Lonesome West, The Tragedy of Richard III (coproduction with Bell Shakespeare), Buried Child and The Sunshine Club to name a few. His other recent theatre credits include Doubt for Sydney Theatre Company; The Female of the Species, Festen, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dumbshow, King Lear, Hitchcock Blonde for Melbourne Theatre Company; the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Urinetown at the Sydney Theatre Company; La Boheme for Opera Australia and Opera Qld; The Sapphires for both Company B Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company Romeo & Juliet and The Merchant of Venice for Bell Shakespeare. He has also lit productions for La Boite, Queensland Ballet, Playbox and QPAC amongst others. He recently won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Urinetown. This follows his 2003 Helpmann Award win for The Blue Room.
David Montgomery - COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER
Since graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1992 David has pursued a varied career as a performer, composer, artistic director and teacher. He has regularly performed as a soloist with the Queensland Orchestra and has held teaching positions at Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium. David has worked with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Brandenburg Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. As a composer, David's works have been performed by the Queensland Orchestra, Isorhythmos and Ferry Road Chamber Players. In 2006 David worked as composer for Queensland Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1999 he was commissioned by Opera Queensland to write a children's opera, The Sound Garden, which has had over a 1,000 performances nationally by Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and Opera Australia. David is the founder and Artistic Director of Isorhythmos Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble is a regular vehicle for the public performance and broadcast of David's percussion compositions.
Max Gillies - Henri
Max Gillies was a member of the Australian Performing Group and was its founding Chairman in 1971. He appeared in many productions at its home, Melbourne's Pram Factory Theatre, including A Stretch of the Imagination and The HiIls Family Show. Subsequently he undertook a series of satirical stage revues - Squirts, A Night with the Right, A Night of National Reconciliation, The Gillies Summit, Gillies Live at the Club Republic, Your Dreaming and The Big Con. He appeared in a number of satirical television series - The Gillies Report, Gillies Republic and Gillies and Company (all ABC TV). Max has also performed for MTC, STC, Belvoir St, The Malthouse, Black Swan, The Ensemble and Opera Australia in productions as diverse as A Chorus of Disapproval, The Department, Fiddler on the Roof, 'Allo 'Allo, The Sisters Rosensweig, Little Shop of Horrors, Run for Your Wife, Misalliance, The Club, Noises Off, What the Butler Saw, A Hard God, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and The Merry Widow. He has previously appeared for Queensland Theatre Company in The Beaux Stratagem and After the Ball . He has received a Logie, a Mo Award, a Variety Club Award, two TV Penguin Awards, and was named Best Actor in The National Theatre Awards (1976) and The Green Room Awards (2001). In 1990 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for Services to Australian Theatre.
Dennis Olsen - Philippe
Since graduating from NIDA, Dennis has built up an enviable record of stage successes throughout Australia, last performing with Queensland Theatre Company in Hamlet (co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia) and We Were Dancing. He has played major roles in State Theatre Company of South Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company productions including The Crucible, The Three Sisters, Private Lives, Kafka Dancers, Oedipus Rex, The Venetian Twins and Cabaret. He appeared in several Adelaide Festival of Arts productions - as Percy Grainger in Percy and Rose, and as Prokofiev in Master Class. After touring Australia with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Company (now Opera Australia) in productions of Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, Dennis was invited to join the D'oyly Carte Opera Company and spent 12 months touring Europe. He returned to Australia to do further seasons of G&S operas with Opera Australia and since then his name has become synonymous with G&S in this country. His directing credits in opera include HMS Pinafore, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Countess Maritza. Recent works include Beautiful Words (Oddbodies Theatre Company), Amadeus (Perth Theatre Company), Candide (Perth Festival), Camelot (Production Company) and The Pirates of Penzance (Adelaide Festival Centre and Opera Australia). In 1987 Dennis was made a member of the order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Performing Arts.
Robert Alexander - Gustav
Robert was a founding member of The Hunter Valley Theatre Company performing in productions including The Floating World, The Glass Menagerie, Equus, Bedfellows, A Happy and Holy Occasion, Flexi Time and Educating Rita. As a member of the Nimrod Theatre Company he appeared in 20 productions including Richard III, Inner Voices, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing,
Treasure Island, The Sea, Tales from the Vienna Woods, The Suicide, As You Like It and Variations.
Other theatre credits include Torch Song Trilogy, for which he won the Victorian Green Room Award; Otherwise Engaged, Memory Of Water, All Things Considered and Daylight Saving for Marian Street Theatre; The Sunny South, Hamlet, Henry IV (Part 1), The Mortal Falcon, An Ideal Husband, Away, All My Sons, The Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby, Six Degrees Of Separation and Dead White Males for Sydney Theatre Company; What The Butler Saw, A Month In The Country and The Seagull for State Theatre Company of South
Australia; and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist for The Winter Theatre Company of Fremantle. He has appeared in Bell Shakespeare's productions of Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Wars of The Roses, The Comedy of Errors, The Servant of Two Masters, As You Like It, Hamlet, Richard 3, Antony and Cleopatra, and Julius Caesar; all of which toured
nationally. For Queensland Theatre Company Robert has previously appeared in I Sent A Letter To My Love, The Last Yankee and The Threepenny Opera. Robert's television credits include King Lear, Spring and Fall, Learned Friends, Funeral Games, Minder Down Under, Heartland, Police Rescue, All Saints, Murder Call, Big Sky, The Whipping Boy, Home And Away, Neighbours and
Richmond Hill. Robert has appeared in the films Empty Beach, Never Tell Me Never and Muriel's Wedding.
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