Norm Foster is not as well known in Australia as he should be – his speciality is plays with humour and heart, and he is Canada's most performed playwright.
Norm writes "I find it far more satisfying if I can make an audience laugh and feel a little heartache within the same story. The farces are a lot of fun to write but it's the stories that touch an audience's heart as well as its funnybone that are the most rewarding."
Jonas and Barry in the Home is a play in this tradition. It opened in Ontario in 2015 and toured for several years. The play has now become available for amateur theatres and Lind Lane is presenting the Australian premiere in Nambour, starting on July 1st.
Barry is annoyed that he's already living in a seniors' home at sixty-seven, but it's worth it to live near his daughter, Rosie. Rosie, who works at the home, brought him in so he wouldn't be alone in case he has a heart attack like his father, brother, and uncle did before they were sixty-five. Barry spends his time sitting around in his tracky daks, taking naps, and having dinner with Rosie.
Dennis Coleman and Rochelle Cameron in Jonas and Barry in the Home
Barry is sinking into apathy until he meets Jonas, an outgoing and oddly irrepressible character who stirs up the community and Barry with it when he makes his entrance. Jonas likes to indulge in the finer things in life, like decadent dates and nice clothes, and he sees Barry the curmudgeon as a fixer-upper. As they bicker and bond over women, sports, and family values, Jonas and Barry must learn to open up and learn how to keep living their lives.
Rosie and Barry have old issues to discuss
Director Joy Hinckley presented Arms and the Man at The Lind last year, which was a great comedy success.
The director sharing a laugh with the cast
Jonas and Barry in the Home starts on Friday July 1st at the Lind, 16 Mitchell Street in the heart of Nambour.