Actors (from left) Mark Dessaix, Gidion Cordoba and Carl Batchelor perform in the play The Bugalugs Bum Thief which is touring the nation.
Actors (from left) Mark Dessaix, Gidion Cordoba and Carl Batchelor perform in the play The Bugalugs Bum Thief which is touring the nation.

Bum Thief on the road

THE lovely town of Bugalugs has woken up and ... oh no! All bums have gone missing!

The Bum Thief has attacked and only young Peter Anderson and his mates can solve the mystery.

Now the Bum Thief is coming to Lismore.

Fans of iconic Western Australian author Tim Winton will be able to take their children to a play adapted from the popular children's book "The Bugalugs Bum Thief".

A NORPA event, the play will be performed at the Lismore City Hall on Friday, May 11.

Eva Di Cesare, one of the adapters and producers of the play, said the current tour was launched in Sydney on Monday.

The tour will take five actors and crew to 42 theatres around Australia until October.

It is the first time for 10 years the play has been on tour and performed in the Northern Rivers.

Gideon Cordoba plays Peter Anderson while fellow actors Mark Dessaix and Carl Batchelor impersonate Peter's best friends plus a series of other characters, adding to the silly side of the play.

"It is very silly," Mrs Di Cesare said. "One of the reasons why we adapted this book is because it is about learning that young people deserve high-quality theatre and also they deserve to be entertained and inspired.

"He (Winton) is kind of one of the authors you find in the classics section, because children are reading him all the time. Ages ago, a librarian of a school told me that The Bugalugs Bum Thief was the most stolen book in her library".

The play is promoted by NORPA as "perfect for ages four to 10", but the producer remembered a big number of two- and three-year-olds "being quite entertained and really enjoying the play too, because it is so silly".

Will Peter and his friends find the stolen bums? Will they get their own bums back or someone else's?



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