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
A provocative new work looking at what itís like to be a man
Perth and more generally, West Australia, is just chock-full of theatrical talent bubbling away and just seeking an outlet.
The Blue Room Theatre and the Perth Fringe allow new and sometimes experimental dramas to be tried out on audiences at very low cost, allowing fledgling theatre production companies to hone their craft against the rock of critical audiences.
Maitland Schnaars as Fred the Hobo (Photograph courtesy jeffreythecatt productions)
The Blue Room's season Summer Nights is one such showcase for new talent and very exciting indeed does this year's line up look.
One of the more enticing productions is by new Theatre Company jeffreythecatt's Hobo.
Hobo is the story of Fred. Fred is a bum, a homeless man, a street dweller of no fixed abode, in short, a hobo. 'In the alleyway with Tank' is the closest he has to a home. It wasn't always so, but Fred has settled into a routine and close friendship with blackfella Tank.
As Vladimir and Estragon made talk and banter into a way of life so have Tank and Fred. Into this sweet but grubby idyll comes Terry, Fred's son to rattle skeletons once safely in their closets.
Hobo is written and directed by WAAPA graduate James Taylor, an actor, writer and musician. Taylor is also the guiding light and moving force behind jeffreythecatt productions.
Hobo runs from the 22nd to the 25th January at The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge. Tickets may be purchased on-line at the Perth Fringe website here.
Hobo is part of the Perth Fringe World Festival 2016.