Goulburn Post columnist CANDY JUBB was recently given a preview of a new theatrical performance - Ghosts in the Scheme - at te Canberra Theatre Playhouse. Here is her review.
Directed by Scott Rankin, Ghosts in the Scheme is a truly regional story, reflecting on the Snowy Hydro Scheme.
The play stars seasoned TV performer Lex Marinos along with Bruce Myles and Anne Grigg, and also features the talented Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen. Ghosts in the Scheme is playing this weekend at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse, and is a short but memorable play with an amazing soundtrack.
Part of the Big hART Cooma project, it is a very mixed media presentation, with an artful merging of modern technology as part of the story but also telling it.
There are a couple of famous faces. You may remember Lex Marinos from his Kingwood Country days, playing the loveable ‘Day-go’ who made us laugh so much, now an acclaimed director himself. In this story he plays Tony, the son of a Snowy Hydro scheme worker that died during its construction.
Tony and his relationship with his best mate, his wife, and his eventual decline in health, is played out against a backdrop of stories from Cooma during the Snowy Hydro boom times.
The story is supported by the musical talents of Mikelango and the Black Sea Gentleman, who beautifully narrate in song.
The play has interesting plot twists you won’t be expecting, and you will leave wanting to learn more about Cooma’s history, during a time when over 120,000 refugees arrived from War torn Europe, essentially shaping the Cooma that exists today.
Ghosts in the Scheme is on until the September 5.