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
One, two, three, one, two, three and the dance goes on
Johnny Grim is a Perth-based playwright who started the theatre company A Lad Insane (touch of the hat to the late David Bowie), mostly to put on his own works.
He works largely in the genre of one-act plays, although he's been known to throw the odd panto together. His plays are largely comedic, although always with an underlay of serious intent.
By way of contrast The Last Waltz is a drama with comedic undertones and, I think, one of Johnny's best works.
Marcelle Weber and Brodie Masini in The Last Waltz (Photograph courtesy of A Lad Insane)
The set consists of a taxi and a park bench. The taxi is being driven by Krishnani (Marcelle Weber) with wonderfully vivid sound effects. He picks up a young Australian male, Shane, (Brodie Masini) and they fall into conversation. The script very quickly and smoothly develops their characters into fully rounded believable people as Kris drives Shane over to where his missus now lives.
This play was entered in the 2016 Hills Festival of Theatre where it took out Best Production and Best Actor (Marcelle Weber) and was highly praised by the Adjudicator, Dr Douglas Sutherland-Bruce.
The acting was professional and faultless. Marcelle, playing a Pakistani, is white and born in Queensland, and not for one second did I even think he might not be Indian. His characterisation was flawless, aging some twenty-odd years and treating the ethnic change with respect and studied detail. His research for the part was extensive and results in a performance any actor would be proud to claim.