POSTED: 10 JULY 2010

Bruce Petty helps till Australia's Golden Soil

Renowned Australian cartoonist Bruce Petty has been busy preparing material specifically for the Australian premiere of Carol Dance’s Golden Soil at Parade Theatres, Kensington, Sydney, in August.

An Australian in Iraq, Grandpa in the bush, Blackwater, UN, wheat, family, and compassion... An Australian executive becomes enmeshed in dealings that will rock his family, his country, and the world... Farcical real-world events to make you laugh and cry.

Susan, David and their son Harry are all in Iraq at different times for different reasons but mysterious connections unfold. Golden Soil is punctuated with actual absurd events in Iraq, Australia, the UK, the UN, Russia and America... events that conspired to trap an icon of Australian business.

Director Alana Simpson has worked in Japan with an independent theatre producing political satires, and has been interpreting theatre studies to Japanese students at NIDA since 2006.

On behalf of Double Dare Productions, she has assembled a stellar cast for Golden Soil.

Karen Cobban won this year’s Best Actor Award at the Short and Sweet Play Festival.

Peter McAllum recently received rave reviews in New Theatre’s Waiting for Godot.

Tim Hunter has played leading roles including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Thomas in Murder in the Cathedral. His TV credits include All Saints, Water Rats, GP and Rake, a new ABC series.

Christopher Darling has performed extensively in theatre (The Homecoming, Boys Life, The Merchant of Venice) while also appearing in several local television shows (All Saints, MTV Classic).

Neveen Hanna has a long line of credits in film and television, including recent roles in the new ABC drama Rake and Channel 9 TV series Cops.

Paul Pavlakis has performed in New York and closer to home in Cloudstreet and Marvellous Boy. He studied at Actors Centre Australia, and is currently touring the Outback Aussie children’s show.

Designer Allan Walpole is a former Head of the School of Design Studies at the College of Fine Arts. He has designed and produced dozens of plays, including nine for Belvoir Downstairs.

Golden Soil will run at Parade space, Parade Theatres, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, Sydney, from 3–14 August. For further information, please contact ticketek.com.au.

*Based on media release issued by Merran Doyle Publicity.