Saucy play too hot for people of Evans
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
EVANS HEAD playwright Paul Johnson has just spent six months writing a new play which has been deemed too saucy and rude for the town.
So he went back and cut out everything that could cause offence, but lost a lot of the laughs in the process, he said.
Meanwhile, the play, which is set in Evans Head and loosely based on the story of Peter Pan, has been shelved for now.
Mr Johnson said he felt frustrated and disappointed because he was merely following on from last year's sell-out show, Robin Hoodwink, where he inserted local characters and situations to a well-known story to great comical effect.
Even Richmond Valley Council mayor Charlie Cox was lampooned, along with references to the then topical Evans Head rates situation.
"What I'm most concerned about it that it took so long to come out," he said.
"Because I spent the last six months writing a show on the understanding that everyone liked (Robin Hoodwink)."
Had Mr Johnson known there were concerns about his new play's bawdy humour, he says he would have written a very different follow-up play.
However, he remains hopeful the new 'PG' version, with a working title of Neverland, will still be performed.
He said there had even been concerns about the proposed title, which he was more than happy to change.
"Neverland was going to be Evans Head," he said.
"It's a lovely place to get away and live out your child- hood fantasies, and that's what the lost boys (all based on real Evans Head identities) are doing.
"But people thought of Michael Jackson's ranch, which has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons."