"The musical combines 2000-year-old comedies with the gaudy, infectious energy of classic vaudeville," Mark said. "It's basically a non-stop laughfest. It has a lot in common with British farces, in that it's unrelentingly fast and full of witty dialogue.
"Towards the end of the show, the musical – which started at a light jog – turns into an all-out sprint to finish. Getting through it without an actor tripping on a doorway or hurting themselves will be a miracle."
Involved in theatre for the past 14 years, Markhas worked with the Koorliny Arts Centre, Murray Music and Drama, Laughing Horse Productions and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA. He has received several best actor or supporting actor nominations at the annual Finley Awards for roles in Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Oliver!
"I've wanted to direct a musical for the past three or four years but couldn't quite settle on one I wanted to do," Mark said. "I knew I wanted to do a classic – something funny and charming.
"When someone mentioned Forum, I bought a copy of the soundtrack and practically listened to nothing else for about a month. Everybody Ought to Have a Maid is now a banned song in my home."
"Being a person who advocates for equity and education, I have found some difficulty putting aside my modern sensibilities to play a character who is so often literally moved around by men due to her gender. Philia is one of the very few women in this show, which is a result of the time it was written, but it's still challenging to portray a character like her while still wanting to represent women as equals."
"I also loved the soundtrack for A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum when I was young. The show itself is such a fun comedy that I knew it would be an all-round good production to be part of."
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum plays 2pm March 28 and April 4; 7.30pm March 28, April 3 and 4; and 5.30pm March 29. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BITWB. Roleystone Hall is at 44 Jarrah Road (corner of Wygonda Road), Roleystone.