By day I am a health professional. By night I am a writer. I love the opportunity that writing provides to be creative and share my knowledge and experiences.
Wish I'd Said That, written and performed by well-known, Australian actor, Henri Szeps is playing at The Street Theatre, Canberra until the 21st April, 2012.
Henri Szeps as he played along Ruth Cracknell in Mother and Son www.szeps.com
This one-man show tells the story of an elderly failed actor, Joe Bleakley, as he starts a new chapter of his life at Foggadieu Retirement Village. Joe decides to entertain his fellow residents with snippets of speeches from productions that he wishes he could have really played a part in.
It doesn't take the audience long to fall in love with Joe as he rehearses for his performance in slippers and a flannelette shirt. He is a character with a witty sense of humour and little by little he reveals and comes to terms with his personal struggles, fears and frustrations.
As well as addressing issues of ageing and difficult relationships, Wish I'd Said That indirectly addresses concerns about the environment, racism and reliance on technology.
It is such a clever production as it is entertaining theatrically – with enchanting music and amazing dialogue (I counted at least 6 different accents being used) as well as both humorous and thought provoking.
Visit the Street Theatre for tickets
The Street Theatre is Henri Szeps last stop on his ten-week tour of Wish I'd Said That. Performance times are 7.30pm on Tuesday to Saturday, as well as 2pm on Saturday 21st April and tickets can be purchased through the theatre.