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the Giraffe's uncle: The les robinson story

16 November to 27 November, 2011
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 6pm

Note: No shows on Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd

TYPE FASTER PRODUCTIONS presents The Giraffe’s Uncle - a new one-man comedy drama about idiosyncratic Sydney short story writer and freelance journalist Les Robinson, from award-winning Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll.

The former Radio National arts broadcaster, journalist and theatre critic Martin Portus is playing Les, taking on the one-man show after thirty years away from the stage.

Les Robinson was an eccentric figure on Sydney’s bohemia scene between the 1920s and 1960s, whose unconventional ways gained him much local notoriety. Refusing to pay rent, he lived in derelict houses and caves around Sydney Harbour, writing, fishing and playing his old gramophone on the rocks.

Directed by Ron Hadley, The Giraffe’s Uncle: The Les Robinson Story explores an uncompromising artistic life through challenging times, a tale told over 25 years of an hilariously introspective bohemian swimming against the tide of Australia’s mainstream.

NIDA-trained Martin Portus began his career in the name role of JC Williamson’s Oliver! and has since appeared in many roles with the then South Australian Theatre Company, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Griffin Theatre Company and TV series including Arcade and The Young Doctors.

Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll has written eleven plays, including Ladders by the Sea directed by Ron Hadley for the 2010 Sydney Festival Fringe and 3XY Or I Die, which won Best Original Production at the 2002 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Kieran’s plays frequently focus on outsiders or more peripheral artists in Australian literature, music and art.

Ticket Prices:

$20/$15 Concession

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