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Australian premiere of a comedy with heart and soul
The Australian debut of Our Boys directed by Dave Simms will be performed at the Arts Theatre by the Adelaide Repertory Theatre Company from 31 August to 9 September 2017.
British Actor and Playwright Jonothan Lewis based Our Boys on his own experience as an army scholar. His play has won awards on the West End including The Writers' Guild Award for Best New Fringe Play.
Set in the spring of 1984 during the trouble in Northern Ireland and the London Hyde Park bombing, this dramatic play has moments where it is extremely funny and tender as six handsome young soldiers recover in a claustrophobic military hospital from action in the line of duty. Five of the soldiers are killing nothing but time as they discuss their injuries and their diagnoses.
When a young officer arrives on their ward the soldiers' daily comical routine of watching TV, wind-ups and banter is challenged. Their friendships are threatened by a dangerous incident with charges of misconduct looming, accusations fly and the fighting really starts when one of the group is found to have betrayed the others during an investigation by hospital authorities. The question is, who has spilt the beans?
Director Dave Simms wants audiences to like these playful lads and see each of them learn the true meaning of loyalty. "Through all the wise-cracking one thing becomes clear for our boys," he said. "You don't do it for Queen and Country, you do it for your mates."
Amongst all the 'boys will be boys' behaviour, Our Boys is also candidly honest about the Army's neglect of our wounded heroes, our men and women, and displays the deep camaraderie that gets these young soldiers through the worst of times.
On Friday 1st September there will be a charity night to benefit Soldier On. Part proceeds from the show will be donated to the charity, which supports Australian men and women who have been physically or psychologically affected by their service.
Dave Simms is well regarded in Adelaide as both an actor and Director. He previously directed award-winning productions of All My Sons and Dinner for Adelaide Repertory Theatre. More recently Dave launched Blue Sky Theatre Productions by directing and adapting Sense and Sensibility, won awards for directing The Beaux' Stratagem for Stirling Players and received critical acclaim for their best-selling show Lady in the Van. At St Jude's Players he was at the artistic helm of Einstien and the Polar Bear, Secret Bridesmaid's
For nine years Dave was a co-director of Mixed Salad Productions acting in many of their critically acclaimed productions including [I] Educating Rita, Torch Song Trilogy, Rabbit Hole, The History Boys and Feelgood. He also directed their productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Out in the Open and Lips.
The cast: In white shirt is patrick, then clockwise is lee, nick, Adam, james and Leighton.
Our Boys stars Adam Tuominen as Joe, Lee Cook as POM, James Edwards as Parry, Patrick Marlin as Ian, Nick Duddy as Mick and Leighton Vogt as Keith.
James Edwards trained at Flinders University Drama Centre, graduating in 1998. James most recently appeared as Song LiLing in St Jude's Players' production of M Butterfly and as John Dashwood and Willoughby in the sell-out season of Sense & Sensibility in the Garden for Blue Sky Theatre.
Other credits include Valentine in The Beaux' Stratagem (Stirling Players), Tom in Tom, Dick and Harry and George in All My Sons (Adelaide Repertory Theatre), Jimmy in Between Two Waves (State Theatre Umbrella), Cllifford Anderson in Ira Levin's Deathtrap (Therry Dramatic Society), Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Ramon Fornos in Love! Valor! Compassion! (Mixed Salad Productions), Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate and Argumento in Don Giovanni, (touring productions, Co-Opera).
Lee Cook Lee is known for playing many impressive lead roles including Lt Ralph Clark in Stirling Players' Our Country's Good and Alan Bennet in The Lady In The Van. He's played Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility for Blue Sky Theatre, Greg in Relatively Speaking, The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap for Therry Dramatic Society.
Lee performed in several Mixed Salad Productions including Feelgood, Out In The Open and their multi-awarding-winning production of The History Boys.
Nick Duddy is excited to be making his Adelaide Repertory Theatre debut in Our Boys. He was most recently seen in Henry V (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild), Variation on a Theme (Stirling Players), and The Lion in Winter (Therry Dramatics Society).
Nick previously studied acting and theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting through New York University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Other theatre credits include Closer, Othello, Pericles, Lobby Hero, and All My Sons (Stella Adler/ NYU). He is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
TICKETS: Adult: $22 / Concession $17
Book tickets at www.adelaiderep.com
Special prices available for group bookings.
For further information contact the Production Manager,
Alda Ward | firstname.lastname@example.org
Why? Five young soldiers, among them veterans of the trouble in Northern Ireland and the London Hyde Park bombing, are killing time in a Military Hospital, with TV, games, bragging one-upmanship and cynical humour their only means of mental escape.
When:31 August - Sept 2 and Sept 6 - 9. All performances begin at 8pm plus 2pm matinee Saturday 9 Sept.