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The Thank You Dinner - A Feast to Remember - ENSEMBLE THEATRE

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Published on Oct 28, 2008

OCTOBER 2008
Ensemble Theatre 50th Anniversary
Special Presentation

The Thank You Dinner - A Feast to Remember

Written and Performed by Reg Livermore
Designer Cliff Simcox
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins

When Roger Lovely (Reg Livermore) has to go away on business for a month he throws himself on the mercy of his neighbours asking them to look after his three children while he is out of town. When he returns from his trip he hosts a dinner party to thank his neighbours for the care they have taken of his beloved Dorothy, Nicholas and Birdy. And so, in appreciation of the kindness of his friends Roger (lovingly) prepares a meal of Bollito Misto, using extraordinary ingredients.

Reg Livermore is a founding member of the Ensemble Theatre and he is thrilled to be returning to the Ensemble stage (which he helped to build) in its 50th anniversary year with a strictly limited season of his latest work. Renowned as a performer, writer and director, Regs previous productions of Wish You Were Here and Red Riding Hood, The Speed Hump and The Wolf were sold out on their initial and return seasons at the Ensemble Theatre. The Thank You Dinner introduces his latest character, the larger than life, Rose Bay resident, Roger Lovely.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant figures of the Australian theatre in the twentieth century, Livermore has enjoyed a career spanning more than fifty years. From the founding of Ensemble Theatre in 1958, to the ground-breaking era of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show, through Betty Blokk Buster Follies and the significant catalogue of Livermores now legendary one man shows, to his stints on national television since the 1960s including as reporter for the popular infotainment programs Burkes Backyard (2 years) and Our House (9 years) to his most recent starring roles back on stage in The Producers, The Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady, Regs journey has been phenomenal and his achievements unique.

an exercise in darkly comic storytellingLivermore inhabits these people beautifully, effortlessly switching between charactersconsummate performanceSYDNEY MORNING HERALD

(Reviews for RED RIDING HOOD THE SPEED HUMP AND THE WOLF)
You watch a performer of this calibre ratchet up the excitement level to such a pitch, each night, and keep it there, and it sets a standard you measure things against forever. SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

It is an extraordinary privilege to see one of his performances and a mystery why he does not do more of them. THE AUSTRALIAN

Steal someones tickets if you have to but dont miss it. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

SEASON DETAILS:
VENUE: Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061
DATES: 25 October 7 December, opening night Monday 3 November
PERFORMANCES: Mon 7.30pm, Tues/Wed 1pm, Sat 1pm, Sun 8.30pm, Tues 6pm (28 Oct/4 Nov only)
PRICES: $43-$50 (booking charges may apply)
BOOKINGS: 02 9929 0644 or www.ensemble.com.au

FURTHER INFORMATION / INTERVIEWS / IMAGES please contact:
Merran Doyle 0419 999 607 or Kate Raison 0402 080 443 at Merran Doyle Publicity:
(02) 9905 4644 email: merran@merrandoyle.com.au
NB: PRODUCTION PHOTOS DOWNLOADABLE from Ensemble Theatre website:
www.ensemble.com.au - media password to download images: Emedia

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