Top Tasmanian talent set to kick a goal with new show

TASMANIAN actor John X is urging local footy clubs to loan their memorabilia for a unique theatre experience when the classic Australian comedy, ‘The Club’, arrives at the Playhouse Theatre this August.

Featuring a strong cast of Tasmania’s acting talent, John X’s adaptation of The Club is set to have Hobart audiences in stitches.

Directed by Les Winspear, The Club will be brought to life by some of Hobart’s most celebrated performers, including John Xintavelonis [John X], Scott Farrow, Andrew Casey, Peter Miller, Andrew Colrain and Dylan Wells.

The Club is a satirical play by Australian playwright David Williamson in 1977 and is recognised as one of the most sustained and controlled pieces of comic writing in contemporary Australian theatre.

The production is set in an Australian football club boardroom and deals with themes of power, politics, and the changing world and corporatisation of professional sport.

John X said the show would appeal to people from all backgrounds and not just regular theatregoers.

“It’s just a good old play about football and the machinations, back stabbings and arguing that goes on behind closed doors in a boardroom,” he said

“We finally have a show for men and women alike about a game that grabs the nation’s attention every week.”

John X will be asking local footy clubs around Hobart to loan memorabilia and uniforms.

They will then dedicate each performance to a particular club by dressing the set of the production in their colours.

“This will make it more enticing for members and supporters of a club to come along and watch the show on a particular night,” he said.

“We’re happy to take on all-comers if they’re keen to lend us some memorabilia.”

Actor Andrew Colrain was part of a production of The Club about 20 years ago and said the idea of engaging clubs was a new and genius idea.

“I’ve been a treasurer of an amateur football club for years and clubs are always looking for innovative and engaging fundraising events that are a little different to your average chook raffle,” he said.

“I think this will be very well embraced by clubs and certainly brings extra life to our show as well.”

Mr Colrain said John X had modernised and brought a much more corporate feel to the 1970s show.

The Club is playing 10 performances at the Playhouse Theatre from 9 to 24 August.

Those wanting to participate can get in touch with the production via Facebook on ‘The Club, Hobart’.

Caption: From left, performer John X, Hobart Football Club player and member Hayden Triffett and actor Andrew Colrain.