OH HELLO: Billy Jo Dukes (Yvette Carte Blanch), Craig McTear (Cafe owner Rene) and Helen Jones (Mimi Le Bonque) at rehearsal.
OH HELLO: Billy Jo Dukes (Yvette Carte Blanch), Craig McTear (Cafe owner Rene) and Helen Jones (Mimi Le Bonque) at rehearsal.

Jetty to present ‘Allo ‘Allo to Coffs Harbour

THE Germans are threatening to shoot him if he doesn't hide their stolen valuables, the Resistance is threatening to shoot him if he serves Germans in his Cafe and his wife will definitely shoot him if she finds out about his affairs.

Cafe owner Rene Artois has his hands full. With a lot more than the French waitresses.

Filled with fun and innuendo and using a small French town during WWII as the setting, 'Allo 'Allo was an extremely successful television series for the BBC and now the Arts Council is presenting 'Allo 'Allo, directed by Pat Slattery, on stage at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

And among the cast are five actors who appeared in the recent local production of Macbeth.

"As comedies go, or more accurately farces, 'Allo 'Allo, is up there with the best," Ms Slattery said.

"It may be surprising to some that a competent actor can step from Macbeth straight into 'Allo 'Allo, but even those who see themselves as dramatic actors are not really worth their salt if they can't laugh at themselves and even more, enjoy getting laughs from the audience," she said.

Stepping out of the Bard's Scottish tragedy and into the French comedy of 'Allo 'Allo are Beck Vincent who will play Captain Alberto Bertorelli, Craig McTear as Rene Artois, Michael Smith as Herr Flick, David Quinn - who played five roles in Macbeth - will put on the uniform of Colonel Von Strohm and Grant Vincent will play the very precious Lieutenant Gruber.

"Our ladies are none too shabby either with Susan Hood Korner taking on the role of Edith (Rene's wife), Billie Jo Dukes and Helen Jones as Yvette and Mimi the saucy waitresses, Angela Robinson as Helga Geerhart and Melinda Winkler as Michelle of the Resistance," Ms Slattery said.

Other full-on comedy roles are Leclerc played by Brad Dillon, and Crabtree the Policeman by David Rayner. The ensemble is rounded off with Jenny Garrett, Lisa Bunch Triplett and John Miller.

"As we have so many great singers in the show we've added some songs including In The Mood, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," Ms Slattery said.

The stolen painting of the Madonna with the big boobies, the hapless airman, Edith's cabaret ambitions and Rene's dalliances, along with all the catchphrases of the TV series add up to a must see show. Tickets on 6652 8088 or jettytheatre.com



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