New play will see it all out in the open
FINDING six guys to get their gear off for a live audience was surprisingly easy, according to writers of Lismore Theatre Company's Starkers.
Rather, it's the fully-clad female roles that have been a challenge to fill.
The "average bloke" appendages made their Rochdale Theatre debut for this photo shoot which, according to those in the "closed set", came very naturally.
Based on the much-loved Full Monty, the story has been Australianised by two local writers and long-time members of the company, Jason Smith and John Taylor.
The guys have collaborated to create the show which, apart from being a rollicking comedy, reflects issues in our society.
"It's a story about stepping up to challenges and doing what you have to do for the sake of your community and your family. It has universal appeal."
Jason said the story was set, on purpose, in an unspecified Aussie town.
Like the original hit comedy, the play revolves around a couple of cash-strapped blokes who take it all off when it's all on the line.
Caught in the crossfire of love, money, unemployment and masculine dignity, they ask the eternal question: "How can a guy make a buck these days?"
The answer? Stripping.
But in a world of perfect pecs and rippling abs, personified by professionals such as the Chippendales, how do a group of average Joes stand out?
Simple. Just get "starkers".
Gray Wilson, veteran company member and director, will direct the show. Some female roles still need to be cast.
Phone 0431 958 991 for details.
On stage at the Rochdale Theatre, Goonellabah. March 21-April 6. Please note: this is an adults only show. There is nudity and frequent coarse language.