Silly Mid On Productions was formed in 2011 to tour this unique
and insightful play at the Rotorua Arts Festival. But the end goal
has always been to get this show to new regions, in particular the
South Island, and, ultimately, Australia.
In 2013, I moved to Melbourne where I held auditions for the
first Australian actor to play the role of the boorish but troubled
Aussie Brother in this trans-Tasman two-hander. While there I
established networks and visited venues. Having secured the
wonderfully talented actor, Jeremy Kewley,
I returned to Wellington to action the NZ tour.
Many months of work later, the show now has a 10-venue 2014
itinerary in NZ, and a 6-venue 2015 tour of Australia confirmed.
2016 is shaping up well with a further 3 month tour of Australia.
Acclaimed actor/director, Peter
Hambleton, is to direct, generously agreeing to be
paid only after the tour returns a profit.
Contra sponsorship deals are in place, and our fundraising will
cover Australian award rates, trans-Tasman travel, suitable
accommodation, and truck rental and royalties/licences. Your
participation in the show will ensure that the tour can be produced
to the highest standards.
Why am I so passionate about this show? Because there is no
other play out there that so deftly explores both trans-Tasman and
sibling rivalries. Expertly crafted by David Geary and Justin
Gregory, this tale of two young brothers separated at 'that game'
in 1981, resonates with an extraordinarily large demographic. Brash
and verging on lunacy one minute, then poignant and heart-breaking
the next, the show opens with familiar stereotypes but soon reveals
its universal themes - the tyranny of distance, the heartache of
loss and, finally, the strength in unification.
All this amounts to a show with tremendous
theatrical satisfaction. And your participation will enable the
company to get this production out into the places it deserves to
be seen, and allow us to pursue what we do best - as Theatreview
put it, make 'bloody good theatre'.