The Old People Are Revolting
Cast: 5 Female / 2 Male
Length: Two Acts (120 minutes)
The Old People Are Revolting! is a hilarious comedy about seniors seeking revenge! The residents of the Sunshine Retirement Village have had enough: they're revolting!Fed up with being ignored, and relegated to the sidelines of life they've decided to prove to the world just how dangerous seniors can be! Bursting with eccentric characters and crazy shenanigans the play is great fun to stage and a huge audience pleaser.
Patricia: Resident of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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 District Court Judge when in fact she was a Clerk of the Court. Dreams of being in charge of a landmark court case.
Howie: Resident of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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: Resident of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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: Resident of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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 of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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: Resident of the Sunshine Retirement Village. 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.
Royalty / Performance Fee:
$75 per performance (USA)
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A BELTER YOU JUST CAN'T MISS
The Old People are Revolting
The sound of "Twinkle twinkle, little star" belting out from Detour Theatre last night was the entire audience singing the national anthem of the Independent Kingdom of the Sunshine Retirement Village.
Singing came as a brief reprieve from the aching sides caused by guffaws of laughter.
The Old People are Revolting, written and directed by Detour's own talented Devon Williamson, is a very funny show.
It is also blessed with a strong cast who staged a polished performance to a first-night full house.
When the city council decides to end its rates rebate for the elderly, the penpushers in town hall have no idea what anarchy they are about to unleash at the village.
Led by bolshy former trade union firebrand Shirley (Allison Stewart) and the ebullient Howie (Ewan Mcleod), the residents hit on the idea of ceding from the rest of New Zealand under the United Nations Charter.
Determined to start things off with a bang, they recruit retired farmer Doug (Marty Bubb) to build a home-made bomb so they can spectacularly blow up a council-owned jacaranda tree.
Once the media gets involved in the shape of aspiring young newscaster Ashley Hardwick (Anna Robison), the story goes viral on the internet and the revolution becomes unstoppable.
Special mention should go to 82-year-old June Kontze, who delightfully plays Elizabeth, the pensioner chosen to be queen of the new mini-state.
Running until March 31, this is one show that well deserves to go on your "must see" list.
- Paul Chapman (For Bay of Plenty Times)
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