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.
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
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
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)