The Shoe-Horn Sonata

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The play is set in 1995, fifty years after World War II, when events in a Japanese prisoner of war camp come to light with the filming of a TV documentary.

In 1945 Sheila and Bridie were released from a Japanese POW camp deep in the jungles of Sumatra where thousands of women and children had lived and died virtually forgotten by their own gavernments.
Now, after being separated for half a century, the filming of a television documentary forces them to relive the past, contact the present and question the future.
Woven into their fifty yeards of separation are a shoe-horn and the threads of loyalty and love which form their ‘uncommon bond’.

Based on historical facts, The Shoe-Horn Sonata is a poignant drama laced with gentle humour and an uplifting ending.
In his play Misto cleverly interweaves visual representations and music to create a powerful and gripping tale which simultaneously provides a history lesson, emotional impact, food for thought and entertainment.

FAMDA staged this powerful award-winning drama in Foster between 20 and 28 July 2012.

The Cast
Bridie – Margaret Rudge
Sheila – Jean Moore
Rick – Peter Clyne

The Production Team
Director – David Baggallay
Set Design – Bruce Crowl
Lighting Design & Operation – Andrew Oldroyd
Sound Design & Operation – Brian Paragreen
Vision Design – Robert Paragreen
Technicians’ Assistants – Josh Vitols & Don Roberts
Stage Manager – James McIntyre
Production Manager – Jennifer Paragreen
Set Construction Manager – Bruce Crowl
Set Construction & Painting – Bruce Crowl, Bert Fabel, Alan Locke, David Baggallay,
……….. Leonie Clyne, Tansy Elso, Larry Giddy, James McIntyre, Bill Park,
……….. Phil Nightingall, Don Roberts & Cast
Tiered Seating Installation – Edwin Coad, Bruce Crowl, Larry Giddy, James McIntyre,
……….. Brian Paragreen, Don Roberts, Neil Roussac
Costumes, Hair & Make-Up – Jean Moore, Margaret Rudge
Front of House Manager – Edwin Coad
Publicity & Marketing – Jennifer Paragreen
Graphic Design – Loretta Bishop
Photography – Marieke Ormsby
Programme – Jennifer Paragreen

The Setting
A television studio & a motel room
Melbourne 1995

8pm Friday 20 July
8pm Saturday  21 July
2pm Sunday 22 July
8pm Wednesday 25 July
8pm Friday 27 July
8pm Saturday 28 July

Performance Venue
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street, Foster

 Ticket Prices
Adults: $22 …… Concession (& Groups 10+): $18
Friday 20 July – Opening night followed by supper with the cast & crew:  All tickets $25
Wednesday 25 July – Mid-week theatre special:  All tickets $16

Main Street Revelations, 31 Main St., Foster           0400 867 872 

Production Photos





Photos by Marieke Ormsby

Director, David Baggallay, with actors, Margaret Rudge and Jean Moore

Gippsland Associated Theatre
Mandy Clancey Judge’s Award –
FAMDA – Skilled integration of audio and video components into the production of The Shoe-Horn Sonata

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