It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Read a review of this show in City News
Adapted by Joe Landry from the Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
Directed by James Scott
It's A Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, a resident of small-town America, whose attempts at escape from a common life are constantly thwarted. Since childhood he dreamed of leaving town to explore the world and find fame and fortune - but along the way, he made sacrifices for others which meant his hopes were never fulfilled. Then comes the day when he's willing to throw it all in... and, through a twist of fate and a little divine intervention, he comes to realise how much he really has, right where he is.
This story is as wonderful as it sounds, and Honest Puck is pleased to present it as a live radio play from the 1940s - yes, with scripts in hand, live sound effects, character voices and genuine laughs - the works!
Directed by James Scott and featuring Katherine Berry, Monica Engel, Colin Giles, and Michael Ubrihien, and starring Hayden Splitt as 'George Bailey', this play offers a new theatrical experience for those who've never heard (and seen!) radio quite like this.
Thursday, 14 December, 7.30pm
Friday, 15 December, 7.30pm
Saturday, 16 December, 7.30pm
Sunday, 17 December, 5pm
Thursday 21 December 7.30pm
Friday, 22 December, 7.30pm
Saturday, 23 December, 2pm & 7.30pm
$30 Adult, $20 Concession
Ticket bookings opening soon!
CAST: Katherine Berry, Monica Engel, Colin Giles, Michael Ubrihien, James Scott, Hayden Splitt.
James Scott - Actor/Director
James Scott has over 20 years’ experience as a performer, director and actor-trainer. He first trained at the Actor's College of Theatre and Television in Sydney, and later completed a Master of Arts Practice in acting with Charles Sturt University. Some of his favourite roles include Langley in Lies, Love & Hitler (2010, 2014), John Proctor in The Crucible (2004), Chopin in A Longing Heart (2010-11) and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (2000). Recent screen credits include Muse (2011) and the award-winning Blue World Order (2012). Over the years, James has directed numerous stage productions, including Macbeth (2014), Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know (2013), Love 11 (2012) and After Dinner Suites (2011) for CADA Studio Productions. He has also used his talents in radio broadcasting, comedy, and a range of corporate work.
Katherine Berry - Actor
Katherine Berry holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. She has fourteen years' experience as a dancer and vocalist, performing in Sydney and Canberra. Her stage credits include The Last Time, Anything Goes, and Sweeney Todd. She also appeared in Honest Puck's production 'Henry Five' in 2016 as Hermione/Kate.
Colin Giles - Actor
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland till the age of 10, Colin didn't discover his love of performing until he came to Australia. His first show saw him cast as Puck in a high school musical version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and from there he was hooked.
Colin settled in Canberra and joined Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Performance in 2015.
Excited to be part of his first show with Honest Puck, he is hoping to add to some of his favourite portrayals alongside his past stage roles as Macduff in Macbeth, Max in The Homecoming, and Gabriel York in When The Rain Stops Falling.
Monica Engel - Actor
Monica is a passionate performing artist, singer songwriter and visual artist. She started her adult life as a school teacher in the arts but after becoming a mother she has begun her own dynamic and career in the arts, performing solo and with her band, acting in the theatre and writing plays, composing music.
Hayden Splitt - Actor
Hayden Splitt was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He began studying drama in his senior years of high school, where he developed a passion for the arts. He moved to Goulburn, NSW in 2015, so he could commence studying at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, where he recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Performance.
Throughout his studies, Hayden engaged in a variety of different genres of theatre while also developing his screen work. Hayden has worked with characters such as Berenger from Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Sir Toby Belch from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Jim O’Connor from Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie.
Michael Ubrihien - Actor
Michael Ubrihien is a Canberra-based actor and film-maker. He was born in Bega on South Coast NSW and moved to Canberra in 2013 to study acting at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art, and completed both the Certificate III and Advanced Diploma in Performance, graduating in 2015. During which and afterward he has built up experience in feature films, short films, music videos, commercials and theatre shows. He also frequently does hosting and MCing, promotional and entertainment work, and filming and editing for clients.