FAMDA’S latest opens this Friday

FOSTER Amateur Music and Drama Association’s (FAMDA) next play, which opens this Friday night, October 17, at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre is the delightful comedy ‘Quartet’.
It certainly fits the bill as enjoyable and uplifting entertainment about art, the eccentricities of age and the celebratory power of the human spirit.
It is set is a retirement home for musicians and begins with three former opera singers one quietly reading a serious book, another chuckling about sex while the third sits innocently listening to music through her headphones.
The tranquility of their summer’s day is shattered by the surprise arrival of the fourth member of the quartet that had staged many an operatic triumph in days gone by and this sets up a challenge to recreate one of their former masterpieces.
‘Quartet’ is a wonderful play by the prolific English writer, Sir Ronald Harwood, whose plays include ‘The Dresser’, a big hit on the West End stage, subsequently seen on Broadway and on film with Albert Finney and original stage star, Tom Courtenay.
In 2003 Harwood won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with his script for ‘The Pianist’.
Harwood himself adapted “Quartet” for the big screen. The film version was released in 2012 with Dustin Hoffman marking his directorial debut and Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Courteney, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly as the quartet.
FAMDA’s quartet consists of Beth Millar, Jack Millar, Margaret Rudge and Ron Cockrane, all of them experienced actors on various Gippsland stages.
The play is being directed for FAMDA by Lloyd Morcom who, like Dustin Hoffman, is making his directorial debut.
FAMDA’s “Quartet” will be staged between October 17-26 at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.
Performances start at 8pm on Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees at 2pm on both Sundays.
All tickets for the gala opening night performance on Friday, October 17, which includes a post show supper with the cast, cost $25.
Ticket prices for the other performances are $22 for adults and $18 concession or for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets are on sale at Main Street Revelations, 31 Main St., Foster. Credit card facilities are available and you can book by phone on 0435 535 867.
Secure the best seats by booking now for this highly entertaining comedy.
Further details are available via www.famda.org.au

Rehearsals: members of the latest FAMDA production ‘Quarter’ put the finishing touches to their rehearsals before opening night on October 17.

Rehearsals: members of the latest FAMDA production ‘Quarter’ put the finishing touches to their rehearsals before opening night on October 17.

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