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A Good Man

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Don't miss Frederick Stroppel's hilarious black comedy
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. With death comes a funeral and The Sutherland Theatre Company's upcoming production of the entertaining play, A Good Man, shows what can happen when an everyday funeral goes horribly, hilariously wrong.

Written by American playwright Frederick Stroppel, A Good Man opens on a hot summer's day at The Good Shepherd Funeral Parlour, where funeral director Martin Lamb (played by Tony Girdler) is presiding over the wake of the late Walter Porteus. His dream of the perfect wake is undermined by his son, Jimmy (Nathan Steel), whose interests are more romantic than a funeral, and by the scheming Porteus family members who are already clashing over the will.

To further complicate the situation, the air-conditioning breaks down and the wrong body turns up in the casket, then a mysterious mourner turns up and a valuable piece of jewellery disappears. When the air-conditioning repairman pulls a gun and decides to hold them all hostage, things start to get really interesting.

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Director Colleen Boyle has a wealth of experience directing comedies and was attracted to the wonderful brand of black humour on show in A Good Man.

"The cast have perfectly captured the mood and are creating a zany, manic atmosphere at every rehearsal. We are lucky to have many experienced actors who are well versed in this style of play and know how to handle a farce. It's also exciting to work with the younger performers, who are learning from the old pros and bringing a fresh angle to the production."

Boyle can't wait for audiences to see this amusing production.

"Old and young will love this play and will enjoy the chance to relax, laugh and forget their worries. And you can't help feeling good about yourself when you see the absolutely appalling ways in which these crazy characters behave. Sit back and enjoy the hilarity!"

A Good Man features a cast of experienced local performers including Nathan Steel, Tony Girdler, Christiane Brawley, Brian May, Sean Bermingham, Pauline Gardner, Laura Bailey, Sarah Loxley and David Delaney.

A Good Man will play for a strictly limited season at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from July 28th to August 6th 2017 (7 performances only). Tickets are now on sale through TryBooking and priced between $20 and $ or by calling 9150 7574.

Choose from the following performances:

  • Friday 28 July @ 8pm

  • Saturday 29 July @ 2pm

  • Sunday 30 July @ 2pm

  • Thursday 3 August @ 8pm

  • Friday 4 August @ 8pm

  • Saturday 5 August @ 8pm

  • Sunday 6 August @ 2pm

  • The Sutherland Theatre Company is proud to be supporting Rotary through a charity performance of A Good Man on Thursday 3rd August at 8pm. Funds raised will support Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children and the Sutherland Shire Early Years Support Service. The evening is being kindly sponsored by Olsens Funerals and tickets for this performance only can be purchased directly from the Rotary Club of Sutherland on 0412 368 118.

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    When: July 28 - August 6
    Where: Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, 25 East Parade Sutherland, NSW 2232
    Cost: $25 (Adult), $22 (Conc.), $20 (Groups of 10 )
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