Senior Moments
Senior Moments

The jokes on Seniors Moments

WATCH out Brisbane, the comedy revue Senior Moments is coming to town.

The smash-hit revue has been extended to include Brisbane this year and judging by its success in other capital cities it will sell-out quickly.

Featuring Gold Logie winner, John Wood, master satirist Max Gillies, Play School icon Benita Collings and Midday Show maestro Geoff Harvey, the revue will come to the Playhouse at QPAC from July 11.

As the title reveals, the show is a comedy about old people, but it is also about the young people they have to deal with. Sketches and songs are performed by the cast who make wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

"It's great fun," John Wood said. "It's wonderful working with Max Gillies and Benita and Geoff Harvey. We are all excited to bring the show to Brisbane."

John, known for his iconic roles in Rafferty's Rules and Blue Heelers, is almost 72, but he says doing the show, sometimes twice in one day, is not too taxing.

"Mostly when we do two shows, we do an 11am and a 4pm and have the night off. The show runs for 90 minutes, straight through, no interval so it is easy to keep up even though it is very fast-paced. There is nothing heavy-duty about the show. It is not Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams. It is light-hearted and a genuine revue rather than a play or a show."

The show pokes fun at oldies trying to work out and understand the ways of the younger generation.

"One funny sketch we do involves my wife (played by Kim Lewis) and I with our daughter and son-in-law while they are thinking of names for their coming child. They (the names) are hysterical and Kim's character, my wife, goes 'beresk.'"

'Beresk' is the Miss Malaprop version of 'berserk', a word the wonderful character Dorrie Evans used prolifically on the raunchy 70s soap, No. 96 and one most seniors will recognise instantly.

"The show is not just for seniors," John said. "Younger ones enjoy it enormously. My grandchildren sing the theme song to the show."

John has three grandchildren who keep him grounded.

"Grandparenting is absolutely fabulous," he said. "I don't subscribe to the idea it is only because you can give them back. I love having them around."

John has no plans for retirement, in fact he says he would like to be offered more work.

"I wish I was working more," he said. "I feel like the forgotten man of Australian television. You constantly see several people appear in every show that's on. I think 'I could have played that part'. I would do more if I could. I have no interest in retiring, I'd get terribly bored. I still love the thrill of walking out onto the stage in front of an audience. It sounds silly, given that there are so many things going on in the world, but the stage is the place I feel most alive. When I walk on I feel totally alive."

FACT BOX

Senior Moments is a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic senior moments, scenes and songs, all guaranteed to stop you from thinking constantly about your lumbago for at least 90 minutes.

Venue: PLAYHOUSE, QPAC Performance Dates:

From July 11, QPAC

Ticket Prices: $45 - $69

Bookings: Phone: 136 246 . qpac.com.au . Groups 8+ 3840 7466


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