WARRNAMBOOL will receive a breath of summer early when Let The Sunshine visits the Lighthouse Theatre on Saturday.
Hit Productions presents award-winning playwright David Williamson’s work, set in Noosa in 2007, which touches on social issues, politics and environment.
It follows two couples with vastly different values that clash when romance sparks between their children.
Irish-born Australian actor Dennis Coard, who plays retired left-wing documentary maker Toby, said the cast of six with backgrounds in stage, screen and television made for “a rollicking good show”.
He joins Peter Phelps (Stingers), Alexandra Fowler (All Saints), Toni Scanlan (Water Rats), Ryan Hayward (Casualty) and Hannah Norris (My Name is Rachel Corrie) in the “uplifting” comedy.
Coard, who spent six years as Michael on Home and Away, said with about 80 shows down, Let The Sunshine was nearing the end of its national seven-month tour.
“We’re still enjoying it which is the mark of a good play,” he said. It will appeal to adolescents through to 90-plus-year-olds, and has become part of the curriculum at various high schools around the country, Coard said.
He encouraged anyone who enjoyed his self-written and performed production The Fall of the Roman Umpire last year to see Let The Sunshine.
“Mine was a one-man show,” he said.
“This is a six-hander ... it’s a very talented cast.
“The scene is set for a very funny night.
“Audiences around Australia have been able to relate to it.”
Coard said the cast was looking forward to performing in the newly-renovated Lighthouse Theatre and urged south-west residents to get behind the professional production.
“This is a one night only,” he said.
“There’s no chance for word-of-mouth.
“You just have to believe that ... this is a quality performance.
“The bigger the audience, the better.”
Phone 5559 4999 or visit the Lighthouse Theatre Timor Street box office for tickets.