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Speaking of theatre…

LOCAL actor Steven Jones is preparing to play an intricate, infamous character from Australian cinema history, when the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society’s 2019 season concludes with the award-winning play ‘Speaking in Tongues’ this month.

Weaving coincidence, betrayal and suspense into an intricate, fascinating story with multiple narrative threads, Speaking in Tongues examines infidelity, moral codes and the consequences of our emotions.

When a woman disappears, a neighbour becomes the prime suspect.

The mystery only deepens as more characters – and even more deceptions – are introduced across the play’s three parts, leading to some spine-tingling moments and plenty of unexpected twists and turns.

Speaking in Tongues won renowned Australian playwright Andrew Bovell the 1997 AWGIE Stage Award, and the play went on to be performed across Australia and in Europe and the US.

Bovell then adapted the story for the big screen, and it became the classic Australian 2001 movie ‘Lantana’.

Mr Jones will portray Speaking in Tongues’ central character, homicide detective Leon Zat – a role made famous by Anthony La Paglia in Lantana.

A familiar face to local audiences, Mr Jones is a veteran of the Hobart short film and theatre industries, having appeared in shows for numerous companies including Hobart Rep, the Tasmanian Theatre Company, PLOT and Round Earth.

But he is best known for playing Frank in the long-running Betta milk commercials and for his recurring role on the hit Tasmanian-filmed TV comedy ‘Rosehaven’.

Mr Jones has been perfecting his character’s look by collaborating with Speaking in Tongues set and costume designer Matthew Stolp, who brings more than 25 years’ experience in theatre, films, visual art and arts education to the production.

Director Mel King has assembled a cast featuring some of Tasmania’s finest stage actors, including David Bannister, Aleks Crossan, Arin Dean, Chris Hamley, Eliot McCann, Sara Pensalfini, Sarah, Vashti Pontaks and Carrie McLean.

The cast will perform Speaking in Tongues at the Playhouse Theatre in Bathurst St from 18 October to 2 November.

Tickets are available from www.playhouse.org.au, or at the Playhouse Theatre box office (ph 62341536).

Caption: Actor Steven Jones of Glebe in discussion with Costumer Designer Matt Stolp.

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