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'Much is packed into the hour, so much so that it wouldn't surprise to one day see 'The Merger' given a bit of space to breathe and develop its characters and themes in the form of a feature film script.' [Herald Sun] 'Callinan is a masterly performer. He offers nuanced, credible characters and a funny, sometimes touching script. He has created a ready-to-go one-man sitcom.' [UK Chortle]
After it's successful transformation into a feature film to be realised in cinemas in mid 2018, Damian Callinan's multi award nominated, one man tour de force returns to the stage. The Barry Award Nominated sequel to his multi-award winning Sportsman's Night, Damian revisits the dysfunctional Bodgy Creek Roosters Football Club. The township has seen better days - the mill's closed; the Tidy Town sign has fallen into the long grass and the weir is as dry as a spinster's gusset. The dying town is about to claim its next victim. Unable to field even one full side, the footy club will either have to fold or merge with their arch rivals - the Hudson's Flat Cougars. But prodigal son coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; to save the club he embarks on a programme to recruit players from the Asylum Seekers Refuge Centre. Will the new players cope with pre season training while fasting for Ramadan? 'The Merger' is Callinan at the top of his game mixing comedy, pathos & improv as he tells the Roosters' story through character based narrative from Sayyid, the AFL obsessed Afghani to boisterous brute Club President Bull Barlow, to his cinematically inclined grandson Neil.
History & background
Hey Boss is an award-winning production and management company working with some of the most exciting theatre, music, and comedy shows in the global fringe circuit. Hey Boss is focussed on fostering sustainable careers for its artists and extending the reach of their work. Regional touring is a part of many of Hey Boss’s artists’ objectives in order to extend the life of the original works. Some pieces are created with regional audiences in mind for this specific purpose.
Marketing selling points
Local communities can be involved in the promotion of the show by aligning the themes of football and asylum seekers. Asylum Seeker resource centres and local football clubs can and should be involved in potential cross-promotion/publicity and fundraising/awareness activities. Damian's 'celebrity' and the feature film should be used to elevate the profile of the show.
Key audience and marketing notes
The show has broad appeal: Upper-high school students can be engaged around the themes of immigration, racism and acceptance in contemporary Australia. Damian's whip-smart humour and cultural/political reference see audiences of all ages engaged. With those who know Callinan from his TV profile (30s-50s), to those who will see this film when it hits cinemas in 2018 (teens-seniors), and the existing regional fans from Damian's extensive touring over the last decade.
Community Engagement activities
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Adaptable to most spaces [not outdoors]|
|Bump in (hours)||-1|
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Basic stage wash & 2 focused specials
Jack input to Qlab on Mac laptop
The set comprises a 2 step ladder, small puppet theatre and 1.2m high plinth
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 3m||Height: NA|
|Depth: 3m||Wing space: NA|