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Gasp! at the Heath Ledger Theatre

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
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You'll laugh until you Gasp
Kate Cherry, Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company: "Take a dash of writer extraordinaire, Ben Elton; add a splash of multi awardwinning director, Wesley Enoch; and stir in our own Damon Lockwood, fresh from triumphs in Edinburgh and New York; and we have a cocktail that literally fizzes with laughter and energy. Gasp! is a smart comedy that will provoke thought and laughter."

Gasp!, Ben Elton, Heath Ledger, Hugh Laurie, Gasping, Kate Cherry,
Gasp. Model Cassie Thomson. (Photograph by Rob Frith)


Gasping was Ben Elton's first play, produced in the West End, London, in 1990 based on the premise that the air we breath is just another commodity to be bought and sold. The deeply satiric play was a great success staring Hugh Laurie, it ran for a year and a half.

Elton has now re-imagined the play for a new century and a new country. The re-titled play, now Gasp!, is set in Australia where he now lives.

He has an admiration for the WA State Theatre: "Black Swan is a ground breaking and innovative Theatre Company, which, under the inspired guidance of Kate Cherry, has developed an international reputation. It's also my local theatre and I cannot wait to be a part of the team."

Gasp!, Ben Elton, Heath Ledger, Hugh Laurie, Gasping, Kate Cherry,
Caroline Brazier, Lucy Goleby, Damon Lockwood and Greg McNeill in Ben Elton's Gasp! (Photographs courtesy of Black Swan)


Gasp! features Caroline Brazier, Lucy Goleby, Damon Lockwood, Greg McNeill and Steven Rooke.

Gasp! runs at the Heath Ledger Theatre, 182 William Street, Perth from Saturday the 25th October to Sunday the 9th November. Tickets start at $27.50 and may be obtained by ringing 1300 364 001 on on-line at Ticketek.

Gasp!, Ben Elton, Heath Ledger, Hugh Laurie, Gasping, Kate Cherry,


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Why? Gasp! is a smart comedy that will provoke thought and laughter.
When: Various
Phone: 6212 9300
Where: Heath Ledger Theatre, 182 William Street, Perth
Cost: $27.50 to $79.90
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