Celebrating Australia Day, Mates Theatre Genesis and the Redland Museum present “Barbecue,” a grassroots theatrical comedy performed at the Redland Museum, Cleveland, Queensland, 25 January – 9 February 2020.
Smell the snags on the barbie and listen to the sound of a tinny being cracked open. Barbecue is a grassroots Australian comedy set around the cultural ritual of the backyard barbecue.
Retired truck driver, Colin Cooper wins the Lotto and moves his family from the working class suburb of Bestwood to the ritzy suburb of Grand Bay. Social values are challenged and many hilarious moments unfoldas the Coopers rub shoulders with their new upper class neighbours, the McKenzies, whose family newspaper empire is rapidly declining.
Leroy and Jonathan, fresh faced Mormons from Utah, accidentally stumble into the backyard fray. The supposedly ‘non-alcoholic’ punch fuels an unexpected love affair between Leroy and the McKenzie’s spoilt daughter, Marion, whilst slick financial adviser Kevin dishes up sage business advice. Add a hotted up Torana, running commentary on the cricket score provided by Colin’s mail-order Asian bride, Connie, and the scene is set for a barbecue to remember.
Is money all it’s cracked up to be or is mateship more important?
Brimming with quintessential characters and fearless Aussie humour, “Barbecue” by Daryl Peebles, is a delightful insight into what goes on in backyards all over Australia. Inspired by childhood memories of long, lazy summer days, actor and teacher, Tereska Hart from Macleay Island jumped at the opportunity to direct the play. Hart says, “bright colours, vibrant imagery and the echoes of laughter flooded my imagination.”
Barbecue continues a twelve year tradition of Australia Day plays at The Redland Museum, the brainchild of the late Terry Annesley. MATES continue to collaborate with the Redland Museum on what has become a favourite cultural event for many locals.
Tickets for evening performances are $37 per person and include a 2 course BBQ dinner. Matinee performances are $27 and include a Devonshire tea.
Tickets are available online at www.redlandmuseum.org.au or by contacting the Museum on phone 3286 3494