CAP: Sarah, Davina, Sharon and Christine Rogl admire the golden ‘throne’ which has been meticulously positioned on the roadside in South Island Loop Rd for the council’s roadside bulk waste pick-up.
CAP: Sarah, Davina, Sharon and Christine Rogl admire the golden ‘throne’ which has been meticulously positioned on the roadside in South Island Loop Rd for the council’s roadside bulk waste pick-up. Trevor Veale

Toilet humour at Upper Orara

MOTORISTS travelling along Upper Orara’s Island Loop Rd have been enjoying a chuckle this week at one object put out on the roadside for Coffs Harbour City Council’s hard waste collection.

The gold-painted toilet, complete with fluffy seat cover, purple mat and hanging chain, is in fact a relic of Upper Orara’s Public School P&C’s famous (and infamous) melodrama performances.

The melodramas, a popular feature of the district’s entertainment calendar, played to packed houses at the Upper Orara Hall for more than 25 years, but were discontinued several years ago.

Upper Orara Public School P&C member Angela Rogl said they had to clean out the shipping container full of costumes, scenery and props and although they had sold and found new homes for many of the items, the golden throne had been an unloved item.

The shipping container has had to make way for a new pre-school playground at the school.

Former melodrama director Ron Collingridge said he believed the lonely loo first appeared on stage about 1994 in the space odyssey melodrama Warped Factor 10 as the king’s throne for the idiosyncratic monarch, played with verve by actor Jerry Cole Stokes and some years later reprised its role in the Back to the Future production.

Coramba resident Val O’Doherty said the roadside ensemble had made her laugh and she had suspected it may have come from the melodrama.

She said it could make a useful prop for another theatre company.



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