MAD MUSIC MAN: James Berkley Harrison III in character as Doctor Moron.
MAD MUSIC MAN: James Berkley Harrison III in character as Doctor Moron. Scott Whitehair

The Island of Dr Moron helps knitting nannas

ROCK'N'ROLL, voodoo, South Sea islands and jungle fever all meet in The Island of Dr Moron.

The Australian musical comes to Lismore as a film, after successful screenings around the country.

Producer and co-creator Chris Dockrill said the story follows the adventures of Edwyna and Douggie, who are shipwrecked on a mysterious South Sea island.

"Eddie and Douggie provide a loose narrative thread for the show. Through them, the audience spends a night on the island and gets to meet an assortment of larger-than-life characters including Voodoo Valma, "the Voodoo Queen what's bad 'n' mean".

Voodoo Valma gets all the great one-liners - "It ain't easy being a voodoo queen" is one of the best.

The character list also includes a six-foot-seven black American preacher, Brother Bob, played by Wayne MacDaniel (Superman Returns, Son of Mask, The Sapphires).

There is also Balthasar, Valma's dim-witted right hand man, played by Cramer Cain, Nauru's only professional actor who performed in Peter Jackson's Sanctum through to the maniacal Doctor Moron himself, played by James Berkley Harrison III who was imported from the US especially for the part.

"We particularly wanted an American to play the part of Dr Moron as our sights are firmly set on exporting this show to the world, and to the States in particular; they'll go ballistic over it," Dockrill said.

"We saw James perform there a few years back and knew then that he was perfect for the part."

This film is suspected to be the first cinematic Australian release of a live, completely original Australian rock musical.

The film is a genuine version of the live show, also by Dockrill, which premiered in Sydney in November 2014 at New Olympia Theatre on Oxford St, Paddington.

The story is driven by 21 original songs tapping to genres such as hard-driving rock (Doctor's Orders) to very jazz (Jungle Fever).

All of the songs were written by Dockrill and his wife Lyn, who composed the music for the entire show.

"We are a great team and, with Moron, we are in a unique position in that we do not have to negotiate with any other people or organisations for any part of this show - we own the copyright and trademark, both in Australia and the USA," Dockrill said.

The film is a fundraiser for the Knitting Nannas Against Gas.

At the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on Friday, July 15, from 6pm.



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