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FAMDA PERFORMANCE SEASON
23 October – 1 November 2015

THE PEPPERCORN TREE – CAST
*  Jonah Cloake
(a World War II veteran) – Bruce Grainger
*  Grace Cloake
(his second wife) – Margaret Rudge
*  Zoe Pilgrim
(a biographer) – Joanne Street
*  Michael Cloake
– (son) – Graeme O’Connor
*  Evie Walker Cloake
(Jonah’s first wife) – Yasmine Watsford

THE PEPPERCORN TREE – PRODUCTION CREW
Director . .  Bernadette Grainger
Set Design . .  Geoff Davey
Costumes & Set Décor . .  Judy Barnard
Lighting Design . .  Robert Paragreen
Sound Design . .  Chris Dickins
Make-Up Design . .  Tania Pell
Production Manager . .  Peter Clyne
Stage Manager / Director’s Assistant . .  Chris Dickins
Construction
Set Construction Manager . .  Peter Clyne
Set Construction & Painting . .  Bert Fabel, Judy Barnard, Arie Bos, Peter Clyne
…………………………..  Robert Paragreen
Tiered Seating Installation . .  Arie Bos, Peter Clyne, Bert Fabel, Bruce Grainger
…………………………..  Graeme O’Connor, Alan Rudge, Joanne Street, Mike Street
Staging
Stage Manager / Sound Operator . .  Chris Dickins
Props Manager . .  Judy Barnard
Lighting Operator . .  Robert Paragreen
Front of House
Front of House Manager . .  Dianne Paragreen
Ticket Sales . .  Deborah Harris – Main Street Revelations
Venue Box Office . .  Jennifer Paragreen
Photography . .  Robert Paragreen, Yianni Banikos
Publicity, Marketing & Programme . .  Jennifer Paragreen

YB Zoe & Joe

YB Grace & Joe

YB Grace, Zoe & Joe

YB Michael & Joe
Production photos by John Banikos

GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE – AWARDS

GAT award - Best play

  • Most Outstanding Drama or Comedy – FAMDA, The Peppercorn Tree
  • Most Outstanding Director of a Drama or Comedy – Bernadette Grainger
  • Most Outstanding Lead Actor Male – Bruce Grainger
  • Most Outstanding Set Design – Geoff Davey

GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE – JUDGE’S AWARD

  • Ann Roffe – emotive stage business in clearing the bed after Jonah’s death

GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED THEATRE – NOMINATIONS

  • Most Outstanding Support Actor Male – Graeme O’Connor
  • Most Outstanding Ensemble – The cast of ‘The Peppercorn Tree’
  • Most Outstanding Costume Design – Judy Barnard
  • Most Outstanding Lighting Design – Robert Paragreen
  • Most Outstanding Hair and Make-Up Design – Tania Pell

GAT+VDL Bruce Alison BernadetteBruce & Bernadette Grainger show their Gippsland Theatre awards to Alison Campbell Rate, writer of The Peppercorn Tree

VICTORIAN DRAMA LEAGUE – NOMINATIONS

VDL nomination Bruce

  • Best Sound Design – Chris Dickins
  • Best Actor in a Drama Production – Bruce Grainger

 

Bernadette Grainger discussing set design for The Peppercorn Tree with Geoff Davey

GAT winners, director Bernadette Grainger and set designer Geoff Davey, discussing set designs at the initial planning meeting for The Peppercorn Tree.
Photo by Robert Paragreen

The Peppercorn Tree is an intriguing new Australian drama by Melbourne writer Alison Campbell Rate.
The play is both humourous and deeply moving, dealing with ideas of mateship, love, regret and reconciliation.
Set in 1993 suburban Melbourne, The Peppercorn Tree tells the story of Jonah Cloake who, during an early morning raid in World War II Tobruk, made a split second decision with repercussions that grew to overshadow his life and future relationships.
Burying his guilt under a veneer of jibes and humour, Jonah succeeded in avoiding his past for decades until, fifty years later, he reluctantly agrees to record his memoirs with a biographer and, in the process, is forced to confront his demons.

The Peppercorn Tree was first performed in 2010 in a professional production toured by Helen Ellis Productions with Alan Hopgood, Margot Knight and Kevin Harrington in the cast.

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