Directed by Vicky Horwood, the lighting, sound and set design perfectly match the constantly evolving storyline and interchanging scenes of the Noosa residences of controversial left-wing documentary film-maker Toby and his successful publisher wife, Ros, and high flying property developer Ron and his seemingly perfect career wife, Natasha.
Long suffering Ros is longing to celebrate Toby's birthday with some friends but Toby having been forced into a hiatus from his film-making (the reason for their recent relocation from Sydney to Noosa) prefers his own company and all too happily admits he has not made any friends "and does not need any".
In desperation (and against Toby's wishes), Ros arranges a birthday dinner with their son, Rick, Ros' friend, Natasha, her husband Ron and their daughter, Emma as somewhat unwilling guests - with Ron and Toby adamant they'll only clash (as they have in the past).
Of course Ron and Toby's fears play out and the night is a disaster as struggling writer/musician Rick (Hal Bruce) defends his dad, Toby (Kym Clayton) and faces off with not only Ron (Andrew Horwood) but his successful corporate lawyer daughter, Emma (Charlotte Batty).
Shockingly, the whole group implode with Ros (Deb Walsh) and Natasha (Anita Canala) defending their loved ones, resulting in the celebrations being swiftly cut short and relationships being severely compromised.
With Emma and Rick away from their normal locale, by chance they end up in the same bar and after a few drinks and commiserations, romance soon blossoms.
Emma (Charlotte Batty), Ron (Andrew Horwood) & Natasha (Anita Canala) (image supplied)
A pregnant Emma and Rick move in together and much to Ron's dismay, an excited grandma-to-be Natasha swiftly buys an expensive apartment with harbour views in Sydney. In the meantime, Toby and Ros have relocated from Noosa to Glebe to be nearer to Emma and Rick.
Let The Sunshine takes the cast and audience on quite a journey - the reward being a happy but emotional ending that many of us can relate to. This is the first Galleon Theatre Group production I have been to and I must say I could not fault the acting, set design, lighting or sound and it's a brilliant script - the actors really embodied their characters. We had more than a few laughs from Ron's (Andrew Horwood) perfectly delivered witty one liners which my partner mused were comparable to Ted Bullpit's from Kingswood Country!
Let The Sunshine runs from 3-13 May 2017 at Marion Cultural Centre's Domain Theatre. Conventional theatre seating and cabaret seating (tables of 8) is available. Those electing cabaret seatingare able to bring food platters along. Beverages are available for purchase from Signatures Cafe.
Tickets for Let The Sunshine are $24pp full price or $20pp concession and are available for the remaining performances:
Bookings can be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 0437 609 577 (booking officers Joy or Allan) or internet (click here) (please specify if you need to book a table or standard seating).
On arrival, enjoy a complimentary sherry - courtesy of Patritti Wines and purchase some raffle tickets (4 tickets for $2) for your chance to win some great prizes (drawn during intermission).
I was lucky enough to win two complimentary tickets to Galleon Theatre's upcoming production, Season's Greetings (a comedy by award-winning British playwright Alan Ayckbourn - it will be directed by Kym Clayton who plays Toby in Let The Sunshine).