Bond spoof well worth spying on

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Theatre 8 president Doreen Howells says audiences can expect plenty of innuendo in this year’s Christmas show: a James Bond spoof called Spy Club.

Despite the subject matter, Ms Howells assured us the production would be suitable for all ages.

“It’s set in a nightclub in Russia with a name that I can’t pronounce,” she said.

“It’s a comedy, obviously, with lots of music and a lot of audience participation.”

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Ms Howells joined Theatre 8 in 1978, two years after it was established.

She said over the years its annual Christmas show had become a much-anticipated tradition.

This year, fans were calling up to buy tickets before they even knew what the play was about.

“We have a lot of regulars who booked as soon as the tickets went on sale,” Ms Howells said.

“They don’t care what show it is, they just want to come.

“We have a few of the regular performers in there again, but we’ve also got some younger people too.

“A couple from the junior workshops have just moved up and it’s their first senior play.”

The amount of work involved in transforming a play from an idea to a reality is enormous.

But Ms Howells said the production was “coming along well” with its crew now making the finishing touches ahead of the first performance on November 22.

“Once again, we have a great set, fabulous costumes and plenty of our homegrown local talent on stage,” she said.

“All our money is made by bums on seats; none of us get paid. We’re all volunteers and we do everything ourselves.”

Spy Club was written by Lianne Mills, who also wrote last year’s Christmas show, Cruise Club.

It will run until December 8, with patrons able to choose between matinee or evening shows.

For show dates and times, visit Theatre 8’s Facebook page.

Tickets are available from trybooking.com or by calling 0466 039 281.

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