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Confetti From Graceland at Harbour Theatre

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Comedy all shook up with love of Elvis
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Noel O'Neill, left, Kim Taylor and Narelle Belle in Confetti From Graceland.


Lord almighty! Elvis Presley, ice cream and 1970s Brooklyn have been whipped together for a comedy at Harbour Theatre. Written and directed by prolific Perth playwright Noel O'Neill, Confetti From Graceland follows a house painter with a burnin' love for Elvis – and even celebrates the King's birthday.

The Brooklynite is about to invest in an ice cream parlour when his daughter arrives home with a ring on her finger, announcing she has to get married straight away. "As a result, this leads to a variety of chaotic and comical situations," Noel said.

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Noel O'Neill, left, Narelle Belle, Meagan Harper, Sharon Menzies, Rex Gray, Kim Taylor and Indiana Powell in Confetti From Graceland.

"There's an Italian-Brooklynese family I've known since I was 16 and they treated me like I was one of the family. I got to know them and their unique type of 'madness' very well.

"My biggest challenge is showing the cast how the behaviour exhibited by the family is absolutely normal. Over the years, I had observed all their little crazy ways and thought it was hilarious."

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Confetti From Graceland writer and director Noel O'Neill, left, also plays Tony with Narelle Belle as Rose.


Born in Ireland, Noel moved to New York in his late teens and appeared in many off-Broadway productions before moving to Perth more than 20 years ago, clocking up numerous awards for writing and directing. He has previously worked as a lecturer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Perth Actors' Collective and has staged plays at the Old Mill and KADS Theatres, Irish Club of WA, Subiaco Arts Centre, Bunbury History Museum and Carlisle Hotel. Noel can also be seen as Watto in the ABC-TV series The Heights.

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The main character in Confetti From Graceland is obsessed with Elvis.

"I made Elvis a feature in Confetti From Graceland because I've never met anyone who didn't like him," he said. "I thought it would be a great way to open the play and show how the family's lives were affected by him. I think I've always been a fan because his music always brings back pleasant memories."

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Meagan Harper and Indiana Powell in Confetti From Graceland


Meagan Harper plays Angela, better known as Angie. "She's a struggling 24-year-old mother-of-two who longs for more in life," she said. "Sadly, Angie has regrets about settling down as young as she did with her husband Bobby. The main challenge for me is the Brooklyn accent, although I thoroughly enjoy doing it."

After taking various screen and theatre classes over the past few years, Meagan made her stage debut a few months ago in Marry My Son – also written and directed by Noel O'Neill – at the Old Mill Theatre. "Confetti From Graceland appealed because Noel was again the driving force behind it," she said.

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Confetti From Graceland features Noel O'Neill, left, as Tony and Narelle Belle as Rose in a compromising position.


Confetti From Graceland plays at 7.30pm August 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28 with 2pm matinees August 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students – book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336. Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.

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Why? Noel O’Neill is a multi-award-winning playwright with a penchant for comedy – and Confetti From Graceland’s inspiration from real people is what also gives it heart.
When: 7.30pm August 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 & 28; 2pm August 15, 22 & 29
Phone: 92553336
Where: Harbour Theatre, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Cost: $25.50, $23.50 concession, $20.50 students
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