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Wallace Footrot and Dog singing on stage
Those of us of a certain age would remember the classic comic strip, Footrot Flats, from New Zealander Murray Ball. Based on the farm, Footrot Flats, belonging to Wallace Footrot the stories mostly revolved around Dog, which Ball based on his own border collie, and were written by Ball up until his beloved dog died.
Now Laughing Horse Productions is bringing Footrot Flats and many of its beloved characters to stage in Footrot Flats – The Musical, that's right musical, written by Roger Hall, Philip Norman and AK Grant. Directed by Kelly van Geest, Laughing Horse Productions has teamed up with Roleystone Theatre and is bringing Dog, Wal, Cooch, Aunt Dolly, Cheeky and many other familiar characters to the stage in this comic, family friendly show. The last time this production was seen in Perth was back in the late 1980's.
I remember reading the comics when I was much younger," says director Kelly, "When my partner told me about the musical, I thought I had to put this show on."
And now the rehearsal's are in full swing and the season is set. "Many of the familiar characters are in the show. You've got Dog obviously, Wal, his neighbor Cooch, Aunt Dolly, Pongo, Cecil the ram, even Pew the magpie makes an appearance."
With the musical featuring songs such as "The Country Isn't Natural", "Why I Love Wal", "On The Prowl" and "Town vs Country" the story of Footrot Flats – The Musical is based around whether or not Wal is going to sell his beloved farm to go live in the city with girlfriend Cheeky Hobson after getting bored with the monotony of the farm's day to day repeat life.
Footrot Flats – The Musical is on at Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Hwy Roleystone and opens on March 6th 2015, with night and matinee performance. Bookings are open now through Roleystone Theatre's website or by calling the number below. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for concession.