The Incorruptible—Season Extended

Pictured Premier Stafford (Daryl White, right) gives prisoner (Laurence Axtens) a piece of his mind

Written in 1995, in response to the rise of ‘the new conservatism’, which was at that time reflected in the rising popularity of Pauline Hanson, Louis Nowra wrote his play The Incorruptible. It’s a look at the underbelly of Australian politics; the game playing, the deal making and the selling out. 

This play—at times confronting, funny, intense, and sad—has been brilliantly brought to the stage by the Drill Hall Theatre Company in Mullumbimby. Two of the main actors (John Rado, Mr November 2016, and Daryl White) and the set designer (Sue Rado), live locally in Tintenbar, and are involved in a raft of theatrical and artistic projects as long as your arm. Not surprising then that this production is so good. Throw in spot-on directing by Gregory Aitken, a clutch of other excellent actors and creatives behind the scenes, and you get a quality piece that really does the company proud.

The three lead actors deliver enormous performances from a complex script, with gruelling, demanding scenes—all on a single set that uses a solitary white swivel chair in front of projected backdrops and slides to transform the audience, and give the play a contemporary, and at the same time, disturbing feel. 

John Rado really does shine in his performance as the bombastic, cynical, heavy drinking, political advisor Ed Gabelich. John has spent years on the stage and screen, and his booming deep voice and dark and funny interpretation of the role, are perfect. He really is a joy to behold and listen to when he gets going.

Backing him up are Daryl White, who delivers a suitably ignorant and jittery bumpkin Premier Ion Stafford, and Kasdevi Curtis who plays Louise Porter, the confident press secretary who falls for her increasingly despotic leader. Both good performances.

Of course the proof of any pudding is in the eating. That is most certainly why the show has just been extended for another 3 performances and will run this weekend 17, 18, 19 February. Evening shows at 7.30pm Friday & Saturday and matinee on Sunday at 2pm. 

If you’re up for a bit of a ride, with some confronting, very pertinent local theatre, we recommend this. Book here.

Cast

Ed Gabelich (Gabo), politician – John Rado

Tim Blackburn, Premier’s assistant – Yasir Assam

Ray, waiter – Chris Kitchener

Louise Porter, press secretary – Kasdevi Curtis

Ion Stafford, Premier of QLD – Daryl White

Calcroft, leader of a minor coalition party & Burgess, a developer – James Morau

Samuel Coogan, drunken inventor & Dyson, a future senator – Gray Wilson

Police Commissioner Collins & Conrad, a developer – Des Mayblom

Simon Porter, judge – Gregory Aitken

Sick Man – Cathy McDouall

Prime Minister & Couperus, a prisoner – Laurence Axtens

Creatives

Director – Gregory Aitken

Executive Producer – Alan Raabe

Assistant Director – Michael Hennessy

Set, Costume & Graphics Designer – Sue Rado

Production Assistant – Cathy McDouall

Lighting Designer – Sunita Bailey

Head Technician & Sound – Alex Benham

Video Maker & Director of judge’s scenes – John Rado

Acting Technique – Daryl White

Crew

Stage Manager – Julianne Sandison

Assistant Stage Managers – Cathy McDouall, Chris Kitchener

Lighting Operator – Michael Hennessy

Sound and Images Operator – Alex Benham

Painters – Nadia Cardak, Michael Hennessy, Sue Rado

White shoes and police shirt Joanne Taylor

Costume & Set Assistant – Tony Joseph

Marketing and Customer Services

Promotions Manager & Finances – Alan Raabe

Media Releases – Gregory Aitken

Photography – John McCormick

Theatre Manager – Jill Benham

Online & Social Media promotions – Alex Benham, Alan Raabe

Pictured below: Ed Gabelich (John Rado, right) with the waiter Ray (Chris Kitchener) 

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