“The Old People are Revolting”
By Devon Williamson
March 27 & 28 from 7.30pm
22 Jesmond Rd, Croydon VIC 3136
Director: Emma Barber firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 534 772
The senior residents of the Sunshine Lifestyle Village have had enough … they’re revolting! Once the ‘makers and shakers’ of their community, the residents are now largely ignored, and relegated to the sidelines of life. The world is about to find out how dangerous retired lawyers, car salesmen, hairdressers and farmers can be!
Using the United Nations charter on the rights of self-determination the residents decide to create their own independent Kingdom, appoint a monarch and teach the wider community a lesson. The resulting chaos and shenanigans draws the attention of the international media and upsets the nation’s balance of power.Cast: 5 Female – 4 aged 50+ and 1 aged in 20’s 2 Male – 2 aged 50+
Patricia: Patricia has an air of education and sophistication about her that is unmatched by the other residents. She has led the other residents to believe she was a High Court Judge when in fact she was a Clerk of the Court. Dreams of being in charge of a landmark court case.
Howie: Former car salesman. A little crass and on the lookout for some fun. He sees himself as a bit of a ladies’ man but unfortunately the ladies could not be less interested in him. He has a son. Never married. Looking for love.
Shirley: Suffering from the effects of drugs and wild living of the 1960’s making her quick tempered, rather dramatic and erratic. For some reason only known to herself she steals mail and makes copies for her files. Her claim to fame is her union role in the 1968 textile workers lockout. Looking for one last opportunity to “stick it to the man”.
Peggy: Former seamstress for a suit manufacturer. Peggy is a kind, gentle and insightful woman who is never separated from her latest cross-stitch project. Looking for company.
Doug: Newest resident. Recently and reluctantly retired from his farm after his wife passed away. He hates the retirement village because there is nothing to do… everything works so there is nothing to fix. Looking for something to do.
Elizabeth: The oldest character by quite a margin. She is suffering from the onset of dementia and is only able to remain living independently at the Village through the assistance of the other residents.
Ashley Hardwick: Reporter for a local television station. Looking for her big break into national prime time television. Self-serving, condescending, who despite her contempt for the elderly can’t help herself eventually liking the residents of the Sunshine Retirement Village.