Play promises progressive hilarity

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 10, 2020

PLANTAGENET Players have emerged from lockdown with a brand-new play full of laughs, cheek and a bit of sass.

Freaks, Geeks and Comedy Treats is the creation of mother-daughter duo Kristy and Grace Russell and veteran Jeff Drage, who collectively spent three months crafting an original play full of skits enjoyable for the whole family.

Kristy Russell said the trio wanted to both attract new audiences and please loyal supporters.

“It’s a bit different to what we usually do,” she said.

“It’s a bit more progressive with its humour but it’s still slapstick.

“We’re very excited to come back after Covid and we hope people are excited for a night out.”

Grace Russell is one of the youngest Players and was thrilled at the opportunity to act, write and direct.

The WA Academy of Performing Arts hopeful is keen to expand her theatre experience and build a portfolio.

“It’s been amazing, a really great experience,” Grace said.

“It’s like a family here and they’ve all helped me along the way with writing and directing.

“I’m really excited to see it for the first time on the night – it’s extremely rewarding to see what you’ve done come to life.”

Freaks, Geeks and Comedy Treats will play on October 23, 24, 30 and 31 at Plantagenet District Hall.

Tickets are available from Mount Barker Newsagency and part proceeds from opening night will go towards the 2021 Mountains and Murals Festival.