Unforced Errors

SYNOPSIS

Two Brisbane couples, both in their sixties, have fled the congestion and hassles of city living for the former hippie haven of Mullagong in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

While Barbara Foley and Vonnie Burman have been bosom buddies since kindergarten, their ideologically polarised husbands Lionel and Stan have battled to sustain a diplomatic relationship for the sake of domestic peace.

The finely balanced set of relationships hits the wall when Mullagong turns out to be a hotbed of conflicting outlooks and interests.

Triggered by an incident on the tennis court, Lionel and Stan’s long-suppressed antipathy explodes into a public stoush with Vonnie supporting Lionel and Barbara sympathetic towards Stan. It sets the pattern as radical differences over succeeding volatile local issues threaten to destroy their marriages .

When Lionel recruits the now militantly-minded Vonnie to his anti-supermarket campaign, and economic rationalist Stan finds a supporter in Barbara, the stage is set for a drastic realignment of marital arrangements.

CHARACTERS

ACT ONE:

LIONEL FOLEY

(Geoff Cole)

BARBARA FOLEY

(Deirdre Gibb)

Mid-sixties. Pony-tailed, pot-smoking, former communist now radical greenie.

Late fifties. As down to earth as her husband is idealistic.

ACT TWO:

STANLEY BURMAN

(David Crewe)

VONNIE BURMAN

(Denise Hauville)

MANDI FOLEY

(Claire Watkins)

Retired corporate C.E.O. and true capitalist believer. Gregarious, charming and master of ambiguity.

Late fifties. Blonde, bouncy and broad-minded. Easily recruited to join Lionel’s crusade to save the planet.

Mid-thirties. A throwback to the sixties. Flamboyantly alternative in dress, beliefs and attitude.

Performances: April 13,14,15, 20,21,22.

The Wrench!!!

Barbara, Lionel and Vonnie protesting

Author John Cundill with cast rehearsing

Stan & Vonnie face off!

Like Father, like Daughter!

Only VIPs

Friends of Johnnie Walker

Mandi drops a bombshell on Vonnie

After party

Stage crew!

Makeup artiste

Stan waits between costume changes

The truth is the way!

Hypothermia!

The voice from the dark!

Someone who clearly does not play tennis!

Speeches

Mandi up the duff!