The Club


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Christine Harris and Hit Productions Present
The Club
Friday 21st September @ 7:30pm
Written by David Williamson
Starring John Wood
 
This play is written by Australia's most successful playwright and Noosa local, David Williamson, and features Gold Logie winner and star of Blue Heelers, John Wood.
 
The Club is a story about egotism, commitment, power, jealousy, and greed. The story covers the transition of Australian sport into becoming Australian business. The culture and rituals of an old club are torn to shreds as the mighty dollar takes over -
 
As one player remarks, "we joined for the honour of wearing the Guernsey and a pat on the back . . . not for money".  The Club is languishing near the bottom of the Victorian Football League (VFL) premiership ladder, and has done so for a long time; (it's been 19 years since its last Premiership win), and an atmosphere of blame, backstabbing and desperation has brewed into the resulting tension. The Club has just paid an enormous sum of money for a young Tasmanian player, in a huge gamble that will help change their fortunes. What they don't know is that he's rather disenchanted with "chasing a piece of pig skin around a muddy paddock". His arrival at The Club ignites the tension and friction that has been gradually building between a number of key people. 135 mins
 
The Club is on at The Events Centre on Friday 21 September @ 7:30PM, Ticket Prices are $31.50 Adult, $29.50 Concession, $15 Children/Group (10+), Subscription: $28 Adult, $26 Concession.  Bookings (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.
 
 
 
The Club Cast
 
CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY - Laurie
Chris' versatility has lead to many diverse roles both in Australia and abroad.  His experience in the profession includes being the co-founder of the Maya Shakti Drama School/Company and the Director of the Alternative Education Centre in Sri Lanka.  He has worked with and devised productions for refugees, street kids, people from third world countries, teachers and creative artists.  Chris has worked extensively with the Melbourne Theatre Company on productions such as Wait Until Dark, The Winder's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Aftershocks for which he was awarded the Green Room Award for Best Ensemble Actor.  His vast television experience has seen him appear in Stingers, Blue Heelers, SeaChange and Good Guys Bad Guys as well as the films Queen of the Damned and Angel Baby.
 
DENIS MOORE - Ted
Denis's career as an actor and director spans over 30 years. An honours graduate of the Flinders University Drama Centre, based in Melbourne, Denis has worked extensively in both capacities for companies such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, STCSA, Playbox and Malthouse. He is also proud of his work with many of Melbourne's smaller companies such as La Mama, Commonplace Productions, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Theatreworks, Church Theatre and Red Stitch. A highlight of all this has been his involvement in many Australian works, both premieres and revivals, including A Stretch of the Imagination (MTC), Essington Lewis - I am Work (Church Theatre), Lonely Lennie Lower (Playbox), The Incorruptible (STC), Too Young for Ghosts (MTC), Pacific Union (Playbox), The Ishmael Club (Commonplace) and The Big Con (Malthouse). His extensive TV credits include Bastard Boys, Tripping Over, Blue Heelers, Stingers, MDA, Newlyweds and Janus. His work in feature films includes Struck by Lightning, Crackerjack, Bad Eggs, Waiting and Death in Brunswick. In his career Denis has directed over 30 plays, most recently Peter Kenna's A Hard God for STC and Richard Bean's Harvest for Red Stitch which received Victorian Green Room awards for Best Direction and Best Production for 2006.
 
CHRISTOPHER PARKER - Danny
Chris is a year 2000 Graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His stage credits include Shane Warne: The Musical (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Sideshow Alley (McPherson), MacBeth (Complete Works Theatre Co), Romeo & Juliet (CWT), Oedipus Rex (CWT), Oklahoma (The Production Company), After the Beep (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Bat Boy (Melbourne Theatre Company), Summer Rain (Sydney Theatre Company), Mamma Mia! (Littlestar) and The Three Musketeers (Australian Shakespeare Co). In 2005 Chris was nominated for the Best Newcomer award by the Sydney Theatre Awards and received a Green Room Award nomination for his performance in Oklahoma.  Chris has appeared on Carols by Candlelight, Love Letters from a War (ABC), Marshall Law (Ch7) and the award winning short film Dry Tested (Tropfest).  He also performs regularly with the twice internationally acclaimed opera act The Three Waiters and has directed It's All About Me for Chapel off Chapel and Song for a New World for Treehouse Productions.  This is Chris' second tour with HIT Productions, the first being Daylight Savings in 2001.
 
SIMON WILTON - Gerry
Simon has had a diverse career as actor, director and teacher. More recent works include the Premiere (for Melbourne's Playbox Theatre) and Australian tour of Jenny Kemp's Still Angela, Piaf (Melbourne Theatre Company & Ensemble, Sydney), the feature film Lake Mungo and he directed graduating students at the National Theatre Drama School in Who's Afraid Of The Working Class? Television credits include regular roles in Acropolis Now and Neighbours as well as Blue Heelers, Stingers, Murder Call, Phoenix and others.
He has created roles in the premieres of many Australian plays including Pacific Union by Alex Buzo, Love Suicides by John Romeril, A Return to The Brink by Rodney Hall and is a regular collaborator with the team of Bruce Myles, Glenn Hughes & Judith Cobb particularly in the plays of Michael Gurr: Shark Fin Soup (Melbourne Theatre Company), Underwear, Perfume and Crash Helmet (Playbox), Desirelines (Melbourne International Arts Festival) and Jerusalem (Playbox & Sydney Theatre Company).
 
JOHN WOOD  -  Jock
John is a veteran of the Australian entertainment industry, having appeared in numerous roles on stage and screen. The 2006 TV Week Logie Awards' "Race for Gold" took the general public and the media by storm - John Wood had been nominated for the Gold Logie (for Australian Television's most popular personality) for the 10th year in a row and voting only ceased when the broadcast went to air. The room erupted when Maggie Tabberer announced "JOHN WOOD" had won the Gold Logie. In 1976, he appeared in ABC TV's groundbreaking Power Without Glory for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Logie. John starred in the hit drama Rafferty's Rules from 1984 to 1989 and in 1988 and 1989 John received the TV Week Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor. In 1993, John landed the role of Tom Croydon in one of Australia's most popular TV dramas Blue Heelers which ran for an astonishing 12 years. In 2004, John took on a very different role as one of the celebrities in the year's biggest debut program Dancing With The Stars. John has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including Chess The Musical, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Love Letters, Away, A Flea In Her Ear, Another Time, King of Country, Jonah, The Trackers of Oxyrhyncus, Brittanicus, Measure for Measure, Flash Jim Vaux, Death of a Salesman, For Julia, Art, Born Yesterday, She Loves Me, The Real Inspector Hound, The Goldberg Variations, The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin (his first solo performance) and It Just Stopped. These productions have been for companies such as MTC, STC, Black Swan, Company B (Belvoir), Playbox/Malthouse, Nimrod and the Old Tote. John has most recently been seen in Ghostwriter for the MTC and the telemovie To Catch a Killer (based on the Joanne Lees story).



Christine Harris and Hit Productions Present
 
The Club
Friday 21st September @ 7:30pm
 
Written by David Williamson
Starring John Wood
 
This play is written by Australia's most successful playwright and Noosa local, David Williamson, and features Gold Logie winner and star of Blue Heelers, John Wood.
 
The Club is a story about egotism, commitment, power, jealousy, and greed. The story covers the transition of Australian sport into becoming Australian business. The culture and rituals of an old club are torn to shreds as the mighty dollar takes over -
 
As one player remarks, "we joined for the honour of wearing the Guernsey and a pat on the back . . . not for money".  The Club is languishing near the bottom of the Victorian Football League (VFL) premiership ladder, and has done so for a long time; (it's been 19 years since its last Premiership win), and an atmosphere of blame, backstabbing and desperation has brewed into the resulting tension. The Club has just paid an enormous sum of money for a young Tasmanian player, in a huge gamble that will help change their fortunes. What they don't know is that he's rather disenchanted with "chasing a piece of pig skin around a muddy paddock". His arrival at The Club ignites the tension and friction that has been gradually building between a number of key people. 135 mins
 
The Club is on at The Events Centre on Friday 21 September @ 7:30PM, Ticket Prices are $31.50 Adult, $29.50 Concession, $15 Children/Group (10+), Subscription: $28 Adult, $26 Concession.  Bookings (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.
 
'The Club' written David Williamson and starring John Wood is coming to The Events Centre - Friday 21 Sept @ 7:30pm
 
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Christine Harris and HIT Productions, Australia's Premier Theatre Touring Company Presents
 
"…the pre-eminent chronicler of our times [David Williamson] is rarely on better form than he is in The Club."
Sun Herald, 02/09/03
 
Australia's Premier Theatre Touring Company, HIT Productions is pleased to announce the record breaking   2007 - 2008 national 32 week tour of David Williamson's The Club starring Australia's 2006 Gold Logie Award winner and 2007 Green Room Award winner, John Wood (Blue Heelers, The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin).  The Club, the award winning play (1977 National Professional Theatre Award, 1978 Australian Writers Guild AWGIEs for Best Australian Stage Play and Best Script in any Medium) by arguably Australia's most significant and prolific playwright, David Williamson, is a play about people in groups and the institutions they inhabit. It's a story about egotism, commitment, power, jealousy and greed.  The story covers the transition of Australian sport into Australian business. The culture and rituals of an old football club are torn to shreds as the mighty dollar takes over. As one player remarks "all we got for joining was a Guernsey and a pat the back.  I've given the club ten years of my life and all I've got in the bank is eighty dollars."
 
David Williamson's The Club boasts the accomplished talents of Director, Bruce Myles (HIT's Hotel Sorrento, Love Child), Designer, Anna Borghesi (HIT's Wallflowering) and Lighting Designer, Glenn Hughes (HIT's Hotel Sorrento, Educating Rita).  Joining John on stage will be an exceptional cast including Christopher Connelly (HIT's Hotel Sorrento), Denis Moore (Malthouse's The Spook), Christopher Parker (Oklahoma) and Simon Wilton (Playbox's Still Angela).  
 
"But The Club belongs to the one-time jock, played with finesse by John Wood.  He's an excellent stage actor with the technique and presence to make an audience believe in the person he's pretending to be."
Sydney Morning Herald, 01/09/03
 
David Williamson's The Club is produced by HIT's Founder and CEO, Christine Harris; award winning actress (Amy Carson in Carson's Law) and recipient of the 1997 Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 1999 Businesswomen's Hall of Fame inductee.  The Club is part of 40 weeks of national touring to be undertaken this year by this prolific company, HIT Productions, which has produced, as part of its 33 touring productions since 1999 such successes as Hotel Sorrento, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Love Child, Educating Rita and many more. 
 
"There is no greater freedom than the freedom of comedy and there is nothing more satisfying for an actor than a full house of audience laughing out loud.  I used to watch my father laughing at Laurel and Hardy and I always wanted to do that. Bruce Myles' production of The Club is a wonderful thing to be involved with and although I have done it twice before, the reason I want to do it again is that I am really looking forward to the performances being a Tour De Force and the idea of taking it to the regions and to new audiences right around Australia."
John Wood
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