Surf’s Up! was originally composed for this production.
Venue: Fanny’s Theatre Restaurant, Newcastle.
November – December, 1983
Surf’s Up! was written in a short 3 act structure – to fit around the serving of the dinner courses.
(Subsequently, it was extended a little and restructured to 2 Acts.)
Tony Squires: Bruce Bell
Julie Wilson: Rhonda
Marcello Capone: All other male roles
Caroline Mooney: All other female roles
Guitars: Jeff Dunn; Mark Tinson.
Bass Guitar: Greg Dawson
Drums: Les Gully
Farfisa Organ: Allan McFadden
The stage space was very small with a low ceiling, and no wing space. I loved the set by Geoff Nance – bright and colourful, it solved the wing space problems, and with a cloud painted on the ceiling made the small box feel wide open. There were even model seagulls scattered about it!
“At last, the sand opera! Surf’s Up! has a good rock sound and a story told all in song which affectionately, if loudly, sends up all those beach party movies of the 1960s … it is smoothly packaged, a shrewd attempt at putting together a theatre restaurant show which appeals to a younger audience than most … it has some lively songs by Allan McFadden … excellent choreography by Maria Mawkes and energetic performances by its cast.”
Ken Longworth (The Newcastle Herald November 26, 1983)