Odds and sods: stray images and stories from the far and recent past.
The above photograph is from a production of Blackbird, David Harrower’s extraordinary play. Nell Shipley gave an outstanding performance as Una and Noel played Ray. It was directed by David Atfield for The Street Theatre Canberra back in 2009. It was played in the round in the very intimate small space at the Street Theatre and was a great success. 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.
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. Noel was the 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:
Brigida Irving (piano); Angela Toohey (vocals); Barry Langrishe (guitar and band leader); Julie Godfrey (vocals); Elwyn Edwards (guitar) and Noel Hodda on bass.
Noel’s first 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. This photo was taken during a break in rehearsals with BJ Cole and James Moss: