Presented by PORTfolio Productions
Written by Jack Heywood
Directed by Scott Witt
AUDREY CUTTLEBUTTLE’S GREAT BALLY HOOLEY ESCAPE is a modern, live theatre event mixing outdoor entertainment with a moveable location and multiple stages. Guests board the Bally Hooley train from the Reef Marina to St Crispin’s station and return all whilst action will take place on the stations and on the path beside the moving train.
As the audience moves along they will be entertained with live action, situational comedy and information of the areas and businesses they pass, highlighting some of the Far North’s colourful characters and the beautiful fauna/flora.
The story takes place on the Bally Hooley Train narrated by Local Historian, Audrey Cuttlebuttle and her band. Local sweet hearts Priscilla Peaseblossom and Thomas Trueblue are taking the train to St Crispin’s where they intend to be wed, a ceremony to be conducted by the train Captain. Our newlyweds prompt Audrey’s memory from the roaring 20’s. A fantastical story with a Pirate Blaggard and his vengeance for lost love. Can we separate the past from the present? The audience will witness this hilarious, slap stick duel between Blaggard and our lovers as he is foiled again, and again, and again!
Claire Tierney & Jack Heywood have been providing original theatre for over 10 years with shows such as Too Good To be True and The Amalgamation Play, to name a few. For this massive venture they have enlisted Scott Witt, a Sydney based theatre maker with a vast experience in physical theatre performance. Scott is acutely aware of the enjoyment of physical, slapstick comedy theatre with over 30yrs in the industry. Also joining them is Ms Klara McMurray (aka MissK). A regular visitor and performer in Port Douglas, the actress/comedian will bring her Public speaking and Cabaret performance skills to the main role of Miss Cuttlebuttle – the Local librarian, historian and gossip!
So jump on board for a fun ride for a moveable audience!
This production is Proudly supported by The Douglas Shire Council with a RADF Grant.
The Bally Hooley Steam Railway is a major in-kind sponsor.