Drama, music, songs, comedy and mystery all encompass the Theatrical Antics play that will be performed later this month by a cast of locals. Written by Errol Corr and Directed by Veronique Bosshard, the play is a local fundraiser for Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse. Errol “Jay” tells us more about the production.
Jay, for those who don’t know you – can you introduce yourself?
I am an international playwright who has written numerous award winning plays. I am also a retired police prosecutor of 33 years and have experienced clinical depression and anxiety due to attending major tragedies during my Police career.
Where did the inspiration come from to create Theatrical Antics?
In the last 17 years, I have been on stage in numerous plays and musicals. During that time, I have been involved in a number of rehearsals for a variety of shows. The antics I observed behind the scenes inspired me to write the musical Theatrical Antics.
You are collaborating with other locals on the show – can you introduce us to them?
There are eight people in the cast and 10 production crew who have experienced anxiety and depression, including myself. Six of the cast have never acted or sung in a major production before; these people will be introduced in the advertising at Port Panthers. Lauren Darcy and Ailie Forster I found at Karaoke.
Without giving it all away, the show will have some twists and turns to keep audiences entertained. What is the basis of the plot line?
The play is set in the present, and we are taken back to 1911, where the cast is performing the musical Boudica is Dead. We experience twists, turns, tragedy, drama, beautiful music thanks to Andy Lavers, Musical Director, and beautiful costumes thanks to Gai Spindler.
As this is a fundraiser for Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse, other than the show tickets, how are you raising funds?
I volunteered to put the show on in co-ordination with Endeavour Clubhouse, with all funds going to them for help in rehabilitation of mental heath patients. I have a number of sponsors – one in particular, Geoff Thompson, Independent flooring specialist, who is helping us with the use of his warehouse for rehearsals at no cost. Port Panthers are supporting us by allowing us to use the Basement for final rehearsals and shows for no fee.
What has been the most inspiring part of putting this production together?
Due to my son, Peter and ex-colleagues taking their lives tragically, the most inspiring part was watching people within the show coming together as a family and laughing and enjoying a new goal in life.
Finally, thanks to our beautiful Director, Veronique Bosshard, who has been fabulous directing the rehearsals.
Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse is the initiative of the local Port Macquarie community and follows an international, evidence based model for mental health recovery.
Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse is a specialist recovery program now receiving support from the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Endeavour is the only psychosocial vocational program on the Mid North Coast providing members with a non-institutional service in a safe, caring environment.
Endeavour is for adults who suffer from the social and vocational damage that mental health problems can cause. It is a voluntary program where participants are members,not patients or clients. We believe that every member has a contribution to make, and the Endeavour model relies on members’ talents, skills and strengths in order to function.
Endeavour is a place to interact, learn and regain confidence by being an active, productive member. Every member is encouraged to contribute to the functioning of the club, and members work together to achieve this. Our philosophy is to create an environment where all activities are satisfying and productive and to assist members to achieve individual vocational and social goals.
Tickets will be on sale mid February from Port Panthers. Adults $25; concession $10. Showtime: Friday 1st March, 8pm and Sunday 3rd March, 2pm.