BOB LARBEY is famous as the writer of the TV series “As Time Goes By” and scarcely less so than for his play “A Month of Sundays.”Now Free Rain Theatre, flushed with success from “The Phantom of the Opera,” is reviving this heartwarming play with a star Canberra cast.
Graham Robertson and Oliver Baudert play two elderly residents in a home for the aged.
While Robertson’s character, Cooper, is full of bounce and even flirts with Nurse Wilson (Joanna Richards), his friend Aylott (Baudert) goes in and out of senility in a manner director Anne Somes thinks may well unnerve some audience members.
Baudert, 83, told “CityNews” that his interpretation of Aylott was nothing like a scientific study of dementia—nor was the play—but that nonetheless it had given him cause for thought as he was learning his role. He’d noticed that the first few pages took a long time to master, but after that it was plain sailing, confirming what is now widely known, that engaging in intellectual activity staves off loss of memory.
The production, opening this weekend, will also feature the talents of Micki Beckett, Lainie Hart and Paul Jackson and is designed by Free Rain to “lift your spirits and leave you with a warm feeling that reinforces our humanity.”
“A Month of Sundays,” at the Canberra Theatre’s Courtyard Studio,October 18 to November 3, bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au