Odds and sods: stray images and stories from the far and recent past.
‘Colour Radio’ RCAE Revue 1976 or 77 Wagga Wagga NSW
The 9 brave souls from our group of 24 who tramped up the +900 extra steps each way at Petra in Jordan to reach The Monastery during our trip early in 2019. Champions!
The amazing desert landscape of Wadi Rum in Jordan & the Martian Domes we stayed in on our trip in Jan/Feb 2019
Another great Robert Catto photograph from The Dapto Chaser publicity series. Robert is the best theatre photographer in Sydney.
Nell Shipley & Noel Hodda in BLACKBIRD. Canberra 2009 (Photo by Imogen Keen)
The above photograph is from a production of Blackbird, David Harrower’s extraordinary play. Nell Shipley gave an outstanding performance as Una and I played Ray. It was directed by David Atfield for The Street Theatre Canberra back in 2009. We played it in the round in the very intimate small space at the Street Theatre and it was a great success and is one of the productions I am most proud of. Another photo from the production can be found on the Acting page. Read a review here. Imogen Keen, the set & costume designer, has a Flickr page with some wonderful photographs from the production here.
Yes…Ally Fowler and I were on the cover of The Women’s Weekly…
‘The Three Sisters’ NIDA 1979
Scott McGregor and Noel Hodda in ‘The Three Sisters’ NIDA 1979
Picked up this little treasure in Armidale on tour with ‘The Dapto Chaser’. Legend! (Bought me a beer once.)
Here is an interesting comparison of two shows and their publicity posters. The first is from the Sport for Jove production of The Three Sisters, performed at The Seymour Centre in 2016:
…and the second is for The Sydney Theatre Co’s production of The Three Sisters in Nov 2017:
Gee…there’s something going on there that I just can’t put my finger on…What could it be?
Beautiful poster for public reading of THE SECRET HOUSE
Playwright’s Conference Canberra 1980’s. Ian Watson, Andrew Lewis, Noel Hodda.
A coffee mug? Sure, why not? Back in the E Street tv series days the young Andrew Ferguson (then about 9 years old) who played Tom Windsor presented me with this mug after a trip to the USA with his family. It has been in every kitchen I’ve had ever since and always in constant use. It’s still going strong Andrew, wherever you are now, even after over 25 years!
From the John Stone Archives: very early Griffin days. Jack Ritchie, designer; Grant Fraser, playwright/lighting designer; Ben Franklin, actor.
Ancient History: The Senior and Junior debating teams from my high school. The Junior team were undefeated champions that year. That’s me on the photo right end. I think I was third speaker but the memory is hazy. It is said that I could talk under wet cement!
I love this. Garry Scale, Nick Eadie, Graham Harvey, Robert Alexander and others being holy…well…trying to be…as they recreate a certain Milanese painting.
Who is this poser swimming with sunglasses on in Sorrento, Italy? Oh…it would appear to be me. Oops…
In full costume and make-up as the Charrid Leader in Farscape. A face only a mother could love.
The sci-fi series Farscape. This one from my appearances back then came to light recently. One side is before the extensive make-up job and the other is after, but which is which???
Still from a 1995 episode of ABC TV’s series GP
The late and loved Vic Rooney (centre) playing Ernie in E Street back in the 80s. This was a shot from the character’s Fancy Dress Stag Party. That’s me in the cream suit. Be afraid, be very afraid…
‘Climbing’ on my friend Masmoudi’s 2D paper art work in his Chippendale gallery
It looks like my Artistic Licence expired some time ago!
The Dapto Chaser, Merrigong Theatre, with Drayton Morley
The God Committee at The Ensemble Theatre
A cool Nino Tamburri photograph shot in the then Darlinghurst Theatre bathroom (Now The Hayes Theatre). Great lighting, great shot. The subject? Obviously of questionable sanity…
Poster for Geoffrey Giuffre’s 1976 Rivcol Wagga production of Jim McNeil’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’. Participation in this production was the beginning of the end for my primary school teaching career.
NIDA daze: C’wise from bottom left: Oriana Panozzo; Mark Little; Jim Holt; Noel Hodda; Bob Philippe; Wendy Strehlow; Garry Scale; Peter Browne
This is myself and the incomparable Les Winspear in the 1977 Riverina Trucking Co production of the southern country musical ‘Diamond Studs’. The theatre company was called The Trucking Co before it was re-named as the more prosaic Riverina Theatre Co.
A close view of the ‘Diamond Studs’ poster
A full view of James ‘Fred’ Lynn’s unique hand screen-printed poster for ‘Diamond Studs’
The Griffin Theatre Co spawned two resident bands back in the Eighties. One was The Brian Roberts Big Band and the other was the aptly titled The Fabulous Front Girls and their backing band The Coathangers. I was the inept bass player in both bands. The BRBB was just that – a (very) loose collective that played jazz standards, blues and country in its own unique way and TFFGATC was a surf band formed to play at a 1985 benefit rally against the closure of live theatres, especially possibly our own! Here’s TFFGATC in action at the benefit:
The Fabulous Front Girls and The Coathangers
Brigida Irving (piano); Angela Toohey (vocals); Barry Langrishe (guitar and band leader); Julie Godfrey (vocals); Elwyn Edwards (guitar) and myself on bass.
Below are shots of the three badges I would have worn on the day and still have:
Griffin campaign badge 1985
Griffin Beach party/Save Oz Theatre Rally Badge 1985
Badge from 1985 campaign
My first ever connection with Griffin was in a beautiful play called ‘When Are We Going To Manly?’ in 1984. Jennifer Paynter was the gifted playwright and some more info on the play can be found on her website. Here’s a photo taken during a break in rehearsals with BJ Cole and James Moss:
Noel Hodda , BJ Cole and Jimmy Moss. 1984