Mates Theatre Genesis and the Redland Museum present Barbecue as this year's annual Australia Day celebratory offering from January 25 to February 9..
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 unfold as 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, while 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.
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.
Cast includes Daniel Baker as Colin Cooper, Ann Leung as Connie, Laura Perrett as Krystall, Melita Sattler as Kylie, Roy Nunn as Len McKenzie, Suze Harpur as Judith, Hannan Mesmar as Marion, Andrew McArthur as Kevin Glover, Josh Welter as Leroy Young and Taine Harding as Jonathan.
Director Tereska Hart said this was the 12th in an Australia day tradition at the museum.
"It's wonderful to be able to present Australian stories to audiences within our local communities," she said..
Evening shows (6pm for 6.30pm dinner and show) are on January 25, 26 and 31 and February 1 and 8. Matinee shows (1.30pm for 2pm afternoon tea and show) are on January 27 and February 9.
Tickets for evening performances are $37 per person and include a two-course barbecue dinner. Matinee performances are $27 and include a Devonshire tea. All tickets include entry to browse the displays at the museum before your meal is served.
Tickets are available at redlandmuseum.org.au or on 3286 3494.
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