Mildura Weekly : Friday October 28 Vol 10 No 51
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 By VINNIE RODI AFTER 13 consecutive years of theatre restaurant performances in Sunraysia, Ratbagz Comedy Theatre has “gone retro” in the lead up to the 2016 festive season. The group’s latest produc- tion, ‘Friday Night Fever’, is being dubbed a show “24 hours ahead of its time,” according to Ratbagz director, Rob Syme. A send-up of the John Travolta classic ‘Saturday Night Fever’, the story revolves around good, clean- cut Italian boy Tony Monaro as he pursues his dream of winning the Friday night daggy disco dancing competition. To achieve his dream, howev- er, he has to go against the wishes of his strict mother, who has for- bidden him to dance. “The show is full of a whole bunch of naughty laughs and some amazing disco songs,” Rob said. “Songs like ‘You Should Be Dancing’, ‘I Love the Nightlife’ and even ‘Stayin Alive’. “As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I actually witnessed some of the most classic one-liners which I have been able to incor- porate into the show. “One-liners like ‘what’s with these computers? No future in that,’ and ‘who would possibly want a mobile phone?’ “And don’t get me started on the political correctness which was non-existent back then!” Rob said the storyline fol- lowed an established Ratbagz tra- dition. “It’s a complete send-up with over-the-top gags and a laugh-a - minute feel,” he said. “And when it’s not gags it’s the music! “To be honest this is the per- fect type of Christmas social club celebration. We always ask guests to dress up in theme if they want, and join our unplugged live music after-party.” Rob said he prided himself on Ratbagz’ originality, with every script produced and every show performed original. “It’s all locally written and produced work, with nothing bor- rowed,” he said. Rob has spent the majority of his adult life on the stage, while also boasting a talent for putting pen to paper to create scripts. Moving to Mildura from Ad- elaide 13 years ago, Rob said that at the time he had found himself “burnt out” from writing 17 origi- nal productions for the Nightrain Theatre restaurant. “I came to Mildura thinking I would never have an original idea again,” he said. “Instead Mildura and my newfound family of per- formers proved inspiring, and I found myself becoming enthusi- astic to work in the field again. “In that time I have been lucky to write 13 new shows, while be- ing able to work with great people in a good, creative environment.” Friday Night Fever will be staged at the Quality Hotel Mildu- ra Grand on December 3, 10, 16 and 17, with tickets $72. Tickets include a three-course meal and a complimentary drink on arrival. Bookings are available by contacting 5023 0511. Regular reports and photos will also be made available on the group’s Facebook page. Ratbagz have Friday Night Fever! • FEVER PITCH: Ratbagz Comedy Theatre members Elyse Sturre (as Buffet la Croix) and Nigel Hoyle (as lead character Tony Monaro) get into character while rehearsing the group’s latest Christmas dinner theatre production ‘Friday Night Fever.’ Ratbagz will perform at the Quality Hotel Mildura Grand throughout December.
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