Sometimes a show comes along that is just so much fun all you can suggest is that people looking for laugh go along and see it.
This fabulous night out - simple and joyful - began as a light-hearted book about the adventures of a cabbie during the Olympics, called You Talking To Me? The book’s ambitions went a bit further than that. Author Anthony Sharwood was an up-and-coming journo denied official access to cover the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. So Sharwood upped the anti. He trained for a taxi-driver’s license, succeeded on the brink of the Games, and wrote an account of life in Sydney during those surreal sunny heady few weeks through a taxi driver’s eyes.
Director Mark Kilmurry does a wonderful job eliciting a hilarious performance from Jamie Oxenbould as the driver. And Oxenbould himself is a joy to watch as he transmogrifies effortlessly from one extreme client-type to another. The text captures all the moments that made those weeks special and will bring particular delight to anyone who was in Sydney during that time.
Sharwood renames himself Andy for the story version and his suffering girlfriend of the time, sweetly played by Catherine Moore, is known as Isabella. There is of course a happy ending!
Not only has the book now been transformed into a most entertaining night out that I’m sure will assume ‘hit’ status, Sharwood himself went on to ‘officially’ cover the next Games and his career as a journalist has since truly taken off.
You Talkin’ to Me?
Diary of an Olympic Cabbie
From the novel by Anthony Sharwood
Adapted for the stage by Mark Kilmurry
Venue: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW
Dates: Previews: April 2 - 8, opening night Wed 9 April, season to 22 May, 2008
Times: check website, click on calendar
Prices: $38 - $62 (booking charges may apply)
Bookings: 02 9929 0644 or www.ensemble.com.au
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