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The Catalinas of Crawley Bay at His Majesty's 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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In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, Perth Theatre Trust has commissioned a musical performance The Catalinas of Crawley Bay, written by Izaak Lim and Nick Maclaine, directed by Michael Loney and featuring WAAPA graduates Will Groucutt, Stephen Madsen, Chloe Wilson and Elouise Eftos and pianist Kohen van Sambeeck.

Director Michael Loney, Elouise Eftos, who plays Maureen Nolan and Kohan van Sambeek - Musical Director (Photograph by Alison Rodrigues)


Inspired by the story of WA lady Doris Edgar and her beau Charles who met at the U.S. Embassy, this story will enlighten audiences on the underlying emotions felt by the Australian troops as the Americans swept the Australian girls off their feet.

The US Navy Catalinas, nicknamed the flying boats of the Swan, flew into Crawley Bay in 1943 bringing with them 70 Catalinas.

Catalinas of Crawley Bay, Michael Loney, Chloe Wilson, Doris Edgar
A Catalina Flying Boat (Photograph in the public domain)


With the Catalinas came 1200 US Navy and support personnel who caused much mayhem and anger as they danced the night away at the U.S. Embassy ballroom with West Australian girls whose childhood sweethearts were away fighting in the war.

Catalinas of Crawley Bay, Michael Loney, Chloe Wilson, Doris Edgar
Director Michael Loney, Elouise Eftos, who plays Maureen Nolan and Kohan van Sambeek - Musical Director (Photograph by Alison Rodrigues)


Director Michael Loney: "I have been in constant communication with Doris who is understandably excited about the show and is looking forward to seeing it. Doris is in a home now but Charles still drives up from Mandurah twice a week to see her before going dancing!"

The performers and pianist Kohen are incredibly talented and it's an absolute joy to hear their vocal renditions of classics like the White Cliffs of Dover, Happy as a Sandbag and Old Slouch Hat."

The Catalinas of Crawley has only one show, on Wednesday 29 April, 10.30am at His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth.

Tickets cost $27. including morning tea, and may be purchased online at TicketTek or by phone on 1300 795 012.
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Why? Love, romance and music in war time WA
When: 10:30am
Phone: 1300 795 012
Where: His Majesty's Theatre, Hay Street, Perth
Cost: $27 (Includes Morning Tea)
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Nice story on The Catalinas of Crawley Bay. Unfortunately poor Will always has his name grotesquely mis-spelt. It should be Will GROUCUTT
by david (score: 0|5) 1308 days ago
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