Senior Moments is a theatrical revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic senior moments, sketches and songs performed by a seriously funny cast who are old enough to know better. Light-hearted, fun and a little bit naughty whilst always remaining nice, Senior Moments features sketches such as ‘Senior Mastermind’ and ‘Old School’ (like Romper Room meets Play School for the neglected over-65 age group), and musical highlights like ‘I Am the Very Model of a Modern Age Retiree’. At last audiences young and old can have some Senior Moments they’ll want to remember!

 

Please meet our Cast

John Wood has been a part of the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, earning him a long list of credits for varied roles on stage and screen.

His TV career was launched in 1976, playing “Sugar Renfrey” in the ABC TV Production of Power Without Glory, for which he won his first Logie as Best Supporting Actor. In the 1980’s he went on to star in the hit drama, Rafferty’s Rules as Magistrate “Michael Rafferty” which consolidated him as the well know and admired television actor he has become.

From 1994 and for the next 12 years, he played the role of “Tom Croydon” in Blue Heelers, one of Australia’s highest ever rating TV dramas. It culminated in John winning the prestigious Gold Logie in 2006, after 10 consecutive nominations as most popular person on Australian Television.

Subsequently, John has appeared in a number of shows including True Stories, It’s A Date, Paper Giants, Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring and The Cut.

His more recent television role is as “Patrick Tyneman”, the baddie everybody loves to hate, in ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

His stage career has included everything from Shakespeare to Williamson and a few Musicals in between, winning a number of Best Actor awards along the way. Highlights have included The Twelfth Night opposite Geoffrey Rush, directed by Neil Armfield and playing Jock in The Club for almost every state theatre company over 15 years. John has just concluded a national tour of Bakersfield Mist with his Blue Heelers castmate Julie Nihill.

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Benita is an actress whose career has spanned over 40 years in theatre, radio, television and film. Well known and loved for her presenting on ABC TVʼs Play School for 30 years, Benita also worked on the majority of television series, recent credits being Talkinʼ ʻbout Your Generation, Sleek Geeks and The Living Room.

Over the years, Benita has worked in many movies, Sleeping Beauty, Knowing with Nicolas Cage, The Eye of the Storm and The Tree being the most recent.

Benita has made nine albums and CDʼs mainly for Play School and The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Education Chamber Orchestra, narrating and singing.  She has also been the narrator with the Sydney, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and The Sydney Youth Orchestra.

She is now a senior tutor at NIDA, teaching Presentation and Communication Skills in the corporate sector as well as TV Presenting in their Open Program.

Benita is past President of the National Speakers Association of Australia, NSW Chapter; past Chair of the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW Inc.; a supporter and now Ambassador of Youth Insearch for 20 years, and she also trains the young leaders in presentation and communication skills. Benita has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the past nine years.

Actor, comedian and impersonator extraordinaire, Max Gillies is renowned for his satirical impressions of Australian politicians. Max commenced performing satires for stage and television in 1980. He is best known for his shows, such as The Gillies Report and Gillies Republic, which screened on ABC from 1983 to 1986. His national theatre tours of You’re Dreaming, The Big Con, Godzone and Once Were Leaders, where Gillies depicted an array of international and national political figures of their time, were all received with rave reviews.

Since 1987, Max has appeared in a variety of serious and comic roles for theatre, including plays for the MTC, STC, QTC, Malthouse and Bell Shakespeare. Max has created a variety of comic impersonations, including Bob Hawke, Malcolm Fraser, John Howard, Bronwyn Bishop, Geoffrey Blainey, Graham Richardson and Jeff Kennett, which have been considered the highlights of many political party launches and special events.

Max’s television career started back in the 70’s with the hugely popular TV series Homicide for Crawford Productions. His career has spanned the decades to include appearances in Bluey, Blue Heelers, All Saints and House Husbands to name but a few. His film career has equally spanned the decades to include the Peter Weir directed feature The Cars That Ate Paris, the Australian classic’s Dimboola and The Coca Cola Kid to the award-winning film A Woman’s Tale.

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Geoff Harvey was the Music Director of Channel 9 for 38 years, composing many of the network’s theme songs and responsible for most of its live music on shows such as The Don Lane Show, the Midday Show and Bob Roger’s Tonight Show on TCN-9 which was his first job in 1961. He was then Musical Director for Dave Allen, and went on to work on most of Australia’s live entertainment shows, including Bandstand, The Sound of Music and The Don Lane Show. One of his most successful appointments was as the Musical Director of The Midday Show, a position he held for 22 years. While at Channel 9, he was also responsible for many of the networks theme songs, such as those for The Sullivans, A Current Affair, Today and Sunday. After The Midday Show he worked with orchestras across Australia and was the Musical Director of Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve in Melbourne for 19 years. Geoff teaches music from his studio and still performs regularly.

Kim Lewis has enjoyed an extensive and successful career as a television, film and stage actress. She had a recurring role in the popular TV drama ‘The Restless Years’ before her well known regular role in ‘Sons and Daughters’. Other television appearances include ‘A Country Practice’, ‘Home and Away’, ‘All Saints’, ‘The Jesters’ and ‘Packed to the Rafters’. Her theatre work includes ‘The Heidi Chronicles.’

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Russell Newman has had an illustrious career as a stage, television and film actor in Australia and overseas. He has worked extensively with QTC, Marian Street Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and the Ensemble Theatre. Plays include Peter Pan, Heartbreak House (with Donald Pleasance), The Boys Next Door and The King and Di.

His television credits include: 1915, A Country Practice, Shout – The Story of Johnny O’Keefe, Wreck of the Stinson, G.P., Brides of Christ, Water Rats, Backberner, White Collar Blue, Home and Away and Paper Giants. Film credits include Killer Force, Breaking Loose, Airtight and Lucy, in which he starred as Bill Frawley in the Lucille Ball story.

Russell played the ongoing role of Jeff Burke in the critically acclaimed series Fireflies for the ABC. He also played the role of Max Kellerman in the hugely successful stage production of Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment). Most recently Russell was seen as Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens (Squabbologic) at The Seymour Centre.

Emily Taylor

Emily’s theatre credits include her award-winning solo show Cannonball which toured Australia and New Zealand; her Green Room Award winning cabaret Hello You, plus multiple short works for the MTC Education Program. She has performed in both Spontaneous Broadway and Random Musical, and worked as an improviser with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, Impro Melbourne and Impromptunes. Her solo shows Pet and Backwards both garnered rave reviews while playing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Emily’s TV credits include guest roles in the ABC shows It’s A Date (Season 2), The Dr Blake Mysteries and the comedy Get Krack!n. Film work includes the Live Action feature Risen, and many short films. Emily is the face of Coles – New Girl and is an established voiceover artist.

CHRISTIAN BARRATT-HILL

Christian has been working as a professional actor in theatre, film, television and as a voiceover artist for the past 15 years. He has appeared in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints and two seasons of the television comedy series The Jesters. He is highly skilled at character voices and accents and is an accomplished singer/musician. He has performed in countless ad campaigns and also played lead character voices for both Australian and International animated film and TV such as The Magic Pudding, Gloria’s House and various Cartoon Network cartoons.

Creatives/Production

Written by: Angus FitzSimons & Kevin Brumpton
Director: Angus FitzSimons
Producers: Kevin Brumpton & Angus FitzSimons | Return Fire Productions Pty Ltd
Marketing & Ticketing: Sandra Gaitatzis
Website: Mara Milani | Marameo Design
Graphic Design: Peter Schultz | Who! Creative
Caricatures: Andrew Fyfe
Video: Swim Media

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Ian Phipps
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0419 977 649

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