starring Amanda Muggleton
directed by Rodney Fisher
A holy trinity of antipodean theatrical talent combine to deliver a performance to cherish at this year's Longweekend.
The woman hailed as one of Australia's finest and most versatile stage performers goes one-on-one with audiences as a selfconfessed "book-aholic'' in The Book Club.
Deborah, played by Amanda Muggleton, is a member of a book club. Her club is exactly the same as any book club. The members read the same works, enjoy the same discussions, and partake in lively debate. That is until Deborah decides to invite an author to address the members of her book club, and accidentally falls in love with him!
Amanda Muggleton bares her soul as the bored and frustrated Deborah whose passion for books drives her to comedic and poignant extremes skilfully written by prolific, award-winning New Zealand playwright Roger Hall. Noosa Longweekend audiences were treated to sell-out playreadings of Hall's Take a Chance on Me during the 2006 festival and Taking Off at the 2007 festival.
Muggleton is known for her starring roles in Steaming, Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, David Williamson's Soulmates and as Chrissie Latham in the long-running Australian TV drama Prisoner.
She demonstrated her power and star quality as operatic diva Maria Callas in the Rodney Fisher-directed Master Class. This won her a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award nomination for Best Actress and delivered a series of performances where audiences erupted in standing ovations.
Director Rodney Fisher takes the helm for this exclusive Noosa show. This highly-acclaimed director and writer has worked throughout Australia and overseas in theatre, opera, television and film.
He has directed numerous works by international writers as well as new Australian plays including the world premieres of five David Williamson plays.
The Book Club promises non-stop, witty and intimate dialogue with one of Australia's best loved performers.
Roger Hall's 'The Book Club'
Preview Friday 4 2.00pm $36
Opening* Friday 4 8.00pm $90
Performance Saturday 5 7.30pm $50/$45 conc
Performance Sunday 6 1.00pm $50/$45 conc
Performance Sunday 6 7.30pm $50/$45 conc
* Opening Night ticket includes exclusive post-performance function.
Downloadable: 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme
Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940
Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations. The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa. Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.
The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer. Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.
Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul. A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.
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