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Simon Says by Bruce Hoogendoorn

By Bruce Hoogendoorn - 2 March 2009 0

Long Run Theatre Productions And The Street Theatre present
SIMON SAYS by Bruce Hoogendoorn
When: 18 March – 28 March
Where: The Street Theatre
Cost: $15.00 – $25.00
Tickets: 6247 1223 or www.thestreet.org.au
You’ve heard of religious cults, but have you ever heard of a weight-loss cult? Some would say they don’t exist, but many would say the cult of the body has millions of members world-wide. In Bruce Hoogendoorn’s latest play, Simon Says, the main character, Caroline, seems to have unknowingly joined a weight-loss centre that is really a cult…or is it?

Caroline has just been kidnapped from the centre by her mother, and is being held captive in a farmhouse. Harry, an exit counsellor, is trying to convince her to leave the cult, but Caroline insists it’s not a cult at all, just an ordinary weight-loss centre.

Caroline was seriously overweight approaching her year twelve exams when suddenly she quit school, and went to live and work at the centre. Now she’s slim, beautiful, and happy, so how can Harry convince her to leave? Especially since she believes she is a sugar addict, and if she returns to mainstream society she will die. Worse still, when everyone involved in the counselling begins to fall under the spell of her beauty, the mud cake really hits the fan.

Simon Says is a comedy/drama about weight, mud cake and cults.
Bruce Hoogendoorn is an award-winning playwright whose play The Role Model was performed by The Riverina Theatre Company in Wagga Wagga, and The Rude Mechanicals at The Street Theatre last year. It was also workshopped with Edward Albee at NIDA in 2006. It is being produced in May and September this year by BooBook Theatre Company in Melbourne.
Director: PJ Williams
Cast: Max Barker, Jessie Brent, Fiona Fox, Erin Gordon, Brian Kavanagh, Janine O’Dwyer and PJ Williams

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