Stray Images

Odds and sods: stray images and stories from the far and recent past, updated as things come to light.

Beautiful poster for recent public reading of THE SECRET HOUSE

Beautiful poster for recent public reading of THE SECRET HOUSE

Playwright's Conference Canberra 1980's. Ian Watson, Andrew Lewis, Noel Hodda

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 cup 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.

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 around 24 years!

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From the John Stone Archives: very early Griffin days. Jack Ritchie, designer; Grant Fraser, playwright/lighting designer; Ben Franklin, actor.

Richard Sydenham, Harriet Dyer, Noel Hodda 'Time Stands Still' Darlinghurst Theatre

Richard Sydenham, Harriet Dyer, Noel Hodda ‘Time Stands Still’ Darlinghurst Theatre Sydney

This popped into my inbox recently. 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.

This popped into my inbox recently. 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...

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…

Another shot of the Charrid from Farscape. I loved the process of building and fitting the mask. It was relaxing to sit and have all that done to you.

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???

Sons and Daughters Melbourne

Shooting Sons and Daughters on the streets of Melbourne ’81 or ’82. Marty, cameraman extraordinaire.

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

The God Committee at The Ensemble Theatre

With Robert Alexander in The God Committee at The Ensemble Theatre

A cool Nino Tamburri photograph shot in the Darlinghurst Theatre bathroom. Great lighting, great shot. The subject? Obviously of questionable sanity…

The recent announcement (March 2012) that the Sydney Monorail would be dismantled and removed made me search out my old campaign badges from the time.

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 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