THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE

An Adaptation from the Poem by C. J. DENNIS

Composed by George Dreyfus

Adapted by Ron Baker and directed by Ron Baker and Julie Bailey

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE is a theatrical adaptation of a timeless Australian literary classic poem. Written in 1915, it was regarded for half a century as Australia's best-loved book. This Aussie everyman tale follows the fortunes of Bill, the bloke in the backstreet gangs of Melbourne's Little Lonsdale Street, swigging beer, playing two-up, and stoushing John's (police).

 

Life changes when he meets his little peach, Doreen, but faces competition from a more sophisticated rival in the straw 'at coot. Along the way, we are introduced to some unforgettable characters; his mate Ginger Mick, the Local Priest, Uncle Jim the farmer, and of course the copiously weeping Mother-in-Law. This play is sometimes hilarious and sometimes moving. 

Casting:

WIMMIN ​​

  • 7 - 10 roles available.

  • Doreen (soprano; 25-40 years)

  • Rose (any voice type; 20-40 years)

  • Ma / Nurse (any voice type; mature age)

  • Ensemble wimmin (any voice type)

BLOKES

  • 7 - 10 roles available.

  • Bill (tenor; 20-40 years)

  • Ginger Mick (any voice type; 20-40 years)

  • The Pilot Cove / Uncle Jim (any voice type; mature age)

  • Ensemble blokes (any voice type; 20-40 years)

Rehearsals:
   
Two nights per week plus some Saturdays or Sundays to allow for learning of music
    Non-negotiable dates: October 30 - November 12

 This is not a musical, but rather a play with music spoken and sung in verse.

INFORMATION DAY Sunday AUGUST 7th 2pm at the Red Tree Theatre. 
AUDITIONING Monday and Tuesday AUGUST 29 & 30 at the Red Tree Theatre. 

Directors: Ron Baker & Julie Bailey

COMMITMENT:

5th September 2022 - 12th November 2022

FULL DRESS REHEARSALS:

29 - 30 October, 1 -2 November, 2022

PERFORMANCE DATES:

4th November - 12th November