TIME OUT WITH JASON OREMUS – Australian Lead Dancer with RIVERDANCE – The Farewell Tour
Gray’s Scene By Darren Gray
The radio serial Dad & Dave notched up over 2,500 episodes between 1937 and 1952. The programme was based on the On Our Selection novels written by Steele Rudd and was produced by George Edwards who also played Dad, Ted Ramsay and Alf Morton. Listeners always ended up with a smile on their dials as they followed the adventures of the residents of Snake Gully and now you can relive some of those classic storylines at the Glen Street Theatre in Frenchs Forest, NSW thanks to a new show called Dad & Dave: Live at the Glen which runs from the 5-16 April (www.glenstreet.com.au
). The cast will recreate a different set of adventures each week so I’m sure you’ll be making more than one visit.
The Gladstone Entertainment Centre in Gladstone, Queensland (www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au/gec
) have lined up a cracking Morning Melodies season with patrons being able to book the various shows along with meal and accommodation packages. Jackie Love performs the songs that once fi lled our days and shaped our lives on the 19th
Crocker recites some of Banjo Patterson’s most signifi cant work on the 28th
ason was not a fan if Irish dancing but at the tender age of 10, his mother decided to enroll him at Geraldine French at Scoil Rince Aisling in Sydney, as punishment for ridiculing his sister’s dancing ability. He soon found out that Irish dancing was competitive and overcame the ridicule as a young boy to realize his unique ability will lead him onto bigger things. In 2004 Jason was a fresh 18 year old young man from Sydney who was selected as a dancer with Riverdance.
J Jason recalls that day very vividly “A week before
my fi rst day of Uni, I received the call with an offer to join the show. I remember asking when they would need me to be there. The response was: ‘When’s the next plane?’, Within a week I was jetting off to Dublin and then France to join the tour and I felt like I had won the lottery.”
“This is the fi rst time it has come to Australia during that time, so lot of my friends and family have never seen me perform. It’s also nice to be representing Australia while the show is here.” Jason said.
Jason has now toured with Riverdance for 7 years and has travelled to over 30 countries worldwide and will be performing as a lead dancer with Riverdance- the Farewell Tour for the fi rst time to his Australian audiences.
On touring with Riverdance worldwide Jason commented “It often depends on the country! Mostly, it is a lot of fun. On the whole we get on great and we try to get as much as we can out of the places we tour. Occasionally it can be tough if you’re in a country where you can’t get decent food and nutrition, but that isn’t often. The best place I’ve ever toured would have to be Japan. I’ll spend life on the road there any day!”
I asked Jason what will our Australian audiences be witnessing when Riverdance the Farewell Tour begins its tour of Sydney? “Some very fancy footwork among other things! Also, Riverdance has moved toward a smaller, theatre show than the previous arena style venues. This really allows the performers to connect with the audience and gives it more intimate feel. As far as the show goes, the only way to experience it is to see it live. And, there is a surprise coming up actually, on St Patricks day. But I can’t tell you of course. You will have to wait and see it for yourselves.” Riverdance – The Farewell Tour is a compelling show with spectacular dancing and you don’t have to know anything about Irish culture to enjoy the show! Interview by Entertainment Editor “Wozzi”.
“THE ORIGINAL… THE BEST!”
IRISH TIMES THE FAREWELL TOUR 2011
Composed by BILL WHELAN Produced by MOYA DOHERTY Directed by JOHN McCOLGAN
18–27 MARCH CAPITOL THEATRE
Book at 1300 723 038 or ticketmaster.com.au
0 723 038 or ticketm riverdance.com
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things off nicely Little Pattie hit’s the stage on the 11th
Keep your eyes peeled for a terrifi c new movie called The Argues (www. thearguesthemovie. com). Actor David Argue who has appeared in BMX
Bandits and Razorback dreamed of taking his mother Pat on a trip around the world retracing the journey she made with his late father in the 1950s when they skated together in the show Holiday on Ice. The problem was that as an out of work actor funds were a little limited so David came up with the idea of making a movie of the trip
and this hilarious mockumentary is the result. We follow David, his mother and a dangerously funny puppet duck as they hit Hollywood and attempt to get David signed up by Ed Tomato who is one of the world’s leading theatrical agents. Unfortunately Ed isn’t in need of another desperate actor and the motley crew pursue him around the world in an effort to attract his attention. Steven Tandy who played Tom Sullivan in The Sullivans stars as Ed and Mark Hembrow who played rock star Georgie Saint in The Young Doctors has gone behind the camera to direct what is without doubt a fi lm which is pure box offi ce gold.
PHOTO ONE: Little Pattie who is pictured here with a friend will be singing her greatest hits for patrons at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. Photo by Doug Moody. PHOTO TWO: Mark Hembrow (left) with Steven Tandy at the Gold Coast Film Festival. The two former ‘soap’ stars have been working together on a new movie called The Argues. Photo courtesy of Blue Pie Productions.
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