Be Your Age is back… for the last time … again!
Returning after 5 sell-out Adelaide Fringe seasons these quite mature-age rablle-rousers are at it again…
Reviving the glorious univeristy revue tradition they frolic through the night with music, biting political satire and that wrylook at life that only forward-thinking years can provide. No politician or institution is safe.
The Royal Adelaide Uni Old Footlighters has, Peake, Conlon, Ligertwood, Morrison, Potter, Hill, Johnston, Lott, Butcher, Kalarovich, Brown, Michael and Anthony ….should we say more???
A night with music, biting satire and that wry look at life only advanced years can provide.
Be Your Age…
★★★★ The Barefoot Review
Carol Wellman Kelly
Bergin and Ward, Paul Kolarovich, Wayne Anthoney, Bob Lott, Kitty Peake,
Rob Morrison, Tisha Brown, Margi Butcher, Kay Rollison, Peter Colling,
John (McGoon) McGowan, Arwed Turon, Edmund Pegge, Robyn Layton, Mark Coleman
Geoff Ward, Damian West, Paul Kolarovich, Rob Morrison
Damian West, Gerard Spalding, Shane Tarling, Danni Sikanen.,
With Bob Lott, Rob Morrison, Keith Conlon
Bill Kay, with Leo Davis
Jon Tidemann, Margi Butcher
and much help from all at Holden Street Theatres
ARWED TURON: Arwed hasn’t trodden the boards for something like 35 years.
He should have known better…!!
Bob is President of NATURE FOUNDATION SA
KAY ROLLISON Kay hasn’t trodden the boards for fifty years. After a career as a humourless femocrat, She thought she might take time out fromlooking after the grandchildren. Seemed a good idea at the time.
MARGI BUTCHER: After an audition which required her to sing Three Blind Mice in an up beat style, Margi joined The Adelaide University Footlights Club. She completed Refectory I, II and III before starting her life as a teacher for forty years. She had always played the male lead in Gilbert and Sullivan productions at high school and therefore enjoyed playing girl roles in "To Catch a Rocking Horse" and "The Purple Season", especially singing "The Bare Breasted Blues" (censored!) After barely showing her face in the 2006 and 2008 Be Your Age shows, she ventured right onto the boards in 2010, 2012 and 2014. BYA 2016 sees her on stage for a few minutes only. She is busier backstage keeping the boys in line!
MARK COLEMAN: Mark’s first memory of treading the boards was a school production of “1066 and All That”, staged in the Union Hall in 1962. The intoxication of the bright lights and applause, and the newspaper review which conceded that Mark “gave a brilliant portrayal of King Canute and Julius Caesar” changed his life forever. He performed in Footlights revues 1963-1966, beginning with “Purple Season”, and directed the 1967 revue “Get Here”. During the years of his medical course, Mark was in Freshers' revues, plays for AUDS, Theatre Guild and Bunyip, and mediaeval play readings for the University’s English Association. Mark is still a university student: he anticipates graduating soon.
MICHAEL JOHNSTON: Tall for his age, Michael is a retired Pharmacist. He studied at Adelaide University where he became an active member of the Footlights Club and performed in Revues from 1958 to 1962, including “That Adamant Eve” and “Strictly Between Us”. Michael was a member of the Flinders Street Theatre from 1962 to 1964. In the 1970’s he performed in “Dimboola” and “Sweet Charity” and in all the six Footlight “Be Your Age” Revues. He is now retired and enjoying growing his own olives. He finds that he is still not getting any taller and is in fact having trouble climbing out of golf bunkers....
ROB MORRISON OAM: Senior moments have robbed Rob of a clear recollection, but he thinks that there must have been seven Uni revues in which he took part; sometimes on stage, sometimes as a writer. He has updated some of his early scripts for this show (although he marvels at how much harder it is now than it was then to remember how they go). He has been a science writer and broadcaster for forty years, including eighteen as a presenter of /The Curiosity Show/. He has written thirty-eight books on science, co-written twelve more, and currently produces television and radio segments for fellow nerds. He is Chair or member of a variety of science and conservation bodies and a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University.
ROBYN LAYTON AO: Robyn’s life has been one accident after another. It began with a law degree and then acting in a number of Footlight Revues and Adelaide University Law Reviews in the mid 60’s. Thereafter it was all downhill becoming a barrister, sitting as a board member or chair of any group that would have her, and a Judge (3 times as once was not enough). After resigning from the court to take a new trajectory, she is a consultant, an Adjunct Professor at Uni. SA, and spruiking for social justice causes, while she makes a decision as to what she wants to do when she grows up. Currently practices yoga and is counselled by her partner, two daughters, and two dogs in reverse order.
Non cast members
DAMIAN WEST (Musical Director, pianist, composer): Damian's first big involvement in music began at the age of 16, composing music for Derek Jolly's Multimedia Gallery. Since then he has been involved in a range of musical projects as a producer, live mixer and performer. After completing a Bachelor of Music Education in 2007, he is now an editor and video producer for a music publishing company. Damian possesses the unique ability to guess the total cost of his groceries, a skill which has sadly not been utilised in this show.
GERARD SPALDING: Gerard began studying drum set, and eventually a wide range of auxiliary and tuned percussion from the time he was 10 years old. In 2009 he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance on drum set at the Adelaide Conservatorium of music. Since then he has spent 4 years playing on a number of cruise ships, and a year in New York studying with renowned Broadway drummer Joe Bergamini.(Picture not shown)
CAROL WELLMAN KELLY: With a zest for life and a passion for dance, theatre, puppetry and musicals, Carol brings her professional experience to the 2016 Footlighters revue. After a "rip roaring" time choreographing the Be Your Age review in 2012, Carol enthusiastically (and somewhat madly) signed up again for this year's production. Carol has a BA in Dance and was a member of various Dance companies in Australia before heading to London for seven years to work as a dancer on projects in the UK and Europe. Carol become assistant director for Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) for seven years. Most recently Carol choreographed the Helpmann award winning musical "Pinocchio" (Windmill Theatre Company) which presented in NYC 2014. She performed in dance theatre work " A Delicate Situation" (Lina Limosani) which was shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award for 2015. Now she's back and whipping the "old folk" into shape!
JOHN BISHOP AO: Bish was in the Bergin & Ward Revues from 1954-56 and the 2008 “Be Your Age”. He is scrupulously honest and very good with money and maintains the role of Treasurer which he occupied during the mid 1950’s as well as for the various activities of the Old Footlighters since they came out of hiding in 2003. In between he was a comparatively serious accountant who among other things helped with “Opera in the Outback” in 1988 and various Adelaide Festival and Independent Theatre productions since then.
KERRIE LEONG: Having travelled to Holden Street from Kuala Lumpur via Scotland, Saudia Arabia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Blackwood, Kerrie was blackmailed to attend to visual effects and advice upon Bahasa Indonesian. Her experience with technology and gadgets has been embraced by the Stage Manager
LEO DAVIS: Leo only qualifies with the first word of Old Footlighters, having never been a Footlighter. This is the fourth production of Be Your Age on which he has pottered about in the Stage Crew’