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A wickedly funny and joyous play …………..
about art, the eccentricities of age and
the celebratory power of the human spirit

A charming comedy by Ronald Harwood
staged by FAMDA  17 – 26 October 2014
By arrangement with ORiGiNTM THEATRICAL, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

Directed by Lloyd Morcom

Cecily Robson (Cissy) – Margaret Rudge            Reginald Pager – Jack Millar
Wilfred Bond – Ron Cockrane                          Jean Horton – Beth Millar

Banikos actorsQuartet is a charming play, warm, witty, very funny and not without some “tough” moments as it looks at the ageing process in general.

The play has been described as “an unashamed — no, shameless — vehicle for four feisty old troupers whose task is to make us laugh a little, sigh a little and cry a little as they take us into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.”

The story is about three ageing opera singers who often worked together during their active careers but are now in a retirement home for musicians.
Their peace is soon to be shattered by the arrival of former colleague who was a huge star in her time.
Is there any chance that the four will ever sing together again? Do they even want to?
Are they up for the challenge of singing the famous quartet for soprano, contralto, tenor and baritone from Act III of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto?
All is revealed when you come to see the play!

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Banikos finalePhotos by John Banikos (taken at dress rehearsal before the set was fully dressed)

8pm Friday 17 October        8pm Saturday 18 October       2pm Sunday 19 October 2014
8pm Friday 24 October        8pm Saturday 25 October       2pm Sunday 26 October 2014
@ Foster War Memorial Arts Centre

Director: Lloyd Morcom
Set Design: Geoff Davey
Lighting Design: Andrew Oldroyd
Sound Design: Brian Paragreen
Production Manager: Peter Clyne
Singing Coach: Paddy Broberg

Set Construction Manager: Bert Fabel
Set Construction & Painting: Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Bruce Crowl, Kate Crowl
………………… Bert Fabel, Alan Locke, Don Roberts, Norm Willoughby
Costumes: Judy Barnard, Bronwyn King
Tiered Seating Installation: Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Ben Cooper, Ray Dower
………………… Bert Fabel, Brian Paragreen, Robert Paragreen

Stage Manager: Phil Nightingall
Props Manager: Judy Barnard
Stage Crew: Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Ray Dower, Dianne Paragreen, Barbara Partridge
Lighting Operator: Andrew Oldroyd
Technical Assistant: Josh Vitols

Front of House Manager: Sue Dower
Ticket Sales: Deborah Harris – Main Street Revelations
Venue Box Office: Jennifer Paragreen, Andrew Oldroyd
Photography: Robert Paragreen
Publicity, Marketing & Programme: Jennifer Paragreen

Congratulations to FAMDA’s  Gippsland Associated Theatre Award nominees:

Jack Miller, Reginald Paget ~ Quartet  FAMDA

Geoff Davey ~ Quartet  FAMDA

Inquiries to Lloyd Morcom: 0427 331 068

Quartet was first staged on London’s West end in 1999.
You may have seen the 2012 film scripted by the playwright, Ronald Harwood, himself.
The film was directed by Dustin Hoffman with Dame Maggie Smith as Jean, Tom Courtenay as Reg, Pauline Collins as Cissy and Billy Connolly as Wilfred.
The film’s ending is quite different from the play’s but the characters are definitely the same.

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