Play to aid appeal

PAUL Newman will recreate not just a man and his shed, but a bloke and his dream in Jack Hibberd's one-man play A Stretch of the Imagination this month.

Monk O'Neill (Paul Newman) isn't the average bloke tinkering in his shed.

Monk recreates his past and projects his future, making the audience laugh, cry and groan as they share his triumphs, memories and regrets.

Coffs Coast audiences will remember Paul Newman's wide range of performance skills from leading roles in CHATS Productions.

He has recently returned to Coffs Harbour after spending two years working in professional theatre in Brisbane.

"Monk O'Neill is a complex character who is both comic and tragic," Mr Newman said.

"Bringing him to life on stage is exciting and a challenge which I welcome."

The play will open at the Jetty Theatre with a gala black-tie chicken and cham- pagne premiere on January 27 in aid of the tsunami appeal and will be followed by five other performances, at 8pm on January 28,29, February 4 and 5 and a 2pm matinee on January 30.

Tickets for the gala premiere will be $50 a head and can be booked at the Coffs Ex-Services Club, which is sponsoring the gala.

Tickets for other performances are $18 adult, $14 concession and groups and are available from Park Beach Music.

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