"Fairytale of Sorts harks back to those medieval times, as we join the good folk of Partridgedale and meet with a host of lovable misfit characters,"John said. It's the second time John has mounted the show – but this version has several key differences to the debut production six years ago.
"After that first show, I was encouraged by my publisher to re-write the final third of the play to make it easier to stage," he said. "It differs in that several madcap characters from version one have been omitted and their places taken by new madcap characters.
"The final scenes differ greatly from the original but great care has been taken to ensure the new version retains the fun and lunacy of its predecessor. I also had a hunch that Limelight Theatre's ex-pat English theatre community may be receptive to a fun story set in medieval England – proof will be in the telling."
"Archibald is the main character I play and he is somewhat above the state of peasant, in that he can read and is the manservant to the young and flighty Prince Ryland, who he tries to keep in order. The main challenge for me is developing a sort of peasant London accent, which isn't easy with my natural Irish lilt!"
"Fairytale of Sorts appealed because the storyline interested me straight away – it's just so funny," Vee said. "Pulling together references from well-known fairytales from ancient and modern times, it brings alive an incredible mixture of characters and would appeal to anyone who loves Monty Python. Most people play more than one part, adding to the fun, and there is a great level of creative freedom for the actors."
Fairytale of Sorts plays at 8pm June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6 and 7 with a 2pm matinee July 1. Tickets are $21, $18 concession – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.