Magpie memorabilia graces The Club’s stage

4 September 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Magpie memorabilia graces The Club’s stage|

GLENORCHY Football Club, one of Tasmania’s oldest and proudest football clubs, has donated some of its precious memorabilia which graced the Playhouse Theatre stage in John X’s production of David Williamson’s ‘The Club’ last month.

Local theatre identity John X put a call out to local clubs to dress the set with their memorabilia, with several clubs jumping at the chance to get involved.

Stan Walker, secretary and life member of the New Town and Glenorchy Past Players and Officials, has been an active participant in the local football scene since the mid-1960s.

Mr Walker said he was excited to contribute to such a unique tribute to Tasmania’s football past, with Glenorchy Football Club’s memorabilia gracing the production’s stage.

“I saw the call out for local club memorabilia in the media and thought it would be a good way to promote our club, so I took it to the committee and we decided to get involved,” Mr Walker said.

“On display was an original print of Tasmanian football icon Roy Cazaly, the former coach of Newtown, as well as the 1935 New Town Premiership Pennant, which was the first premiership won by New Town in the TFL.

“The New Town Football Club moved to Glenorchy in 1957 and there was plenty of Glenorchy Magpies memorabilia on stage for local football lovers to see.”

Mr Walker previously performed on the Playhouse stage in the 1950s in a show put on by his scout group, but said he enjoyed watching from the audience.

John X said he had been blown away by the support of the Hobart football community, which had thrown its support behind this play which captured the spirit and challenges of running a sporting club.

He said the cast were surprised to see people in the audience wearing scarves and apparel from the teams they supported, so the cast did their bows wearing their team’s colours.

“The response by members of the public has been extraordinary,” he said.

“It’s resonating with a whole new audience, many of whom have never seen a play before.

“I spoke to some people the other day who had never been to the Playhouse ever, they were excited to discover there is a bar inside the auditorium.”

Directed by the legendary Les Winspear, The Club is brought to life by some of Hobart’s most celebrated performers, including John Xintavelonis [John X], Scott Farrow, Andrew Casey, Peter Miller, Andrew Colrain and Dylan Wells.

The Club is a satirical play by Australian playwright David Williamson in 1977 and is recognised as one of the most sustained and controlled pieces of comic writing in contemporary Australian theatre.

Caption: From left, Graham Kelly, actor Andrew Colrain and Stan Walker.

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