Produced, Directed and Designed Willis Hall’s WWII dramatic play The Long and the Short and the Tall at the Woodward Theatre, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia in January 1980 for Toby Simkin Pty Ltd.
Produced, Directed and Designed by Toby Simkin; Lighting by Peter Rush; Sound by Leon Hutchinson; Props by Paul Parkinson; Stage Management by Carmel Mungavin and Front of House Services by Madonna Sticklen
STARRING Denis Keeshan (Sergeant R. Mitchem); Jock Brown (Corporal E. Johnstone); Dean Ervik (L/Corporal A.J. Macleish); Adam Nash (Private S. Whitaker); Stephen Whittaker (Private C. Bamforth); Matthew Thallon (Private T.E. Evans); Ian Johnstone (Private P. Smith) and Gerard Lacheca (A Japanese Solider)
With very special thanks to Bernie Lewis, Don Batchelor, Alan Edwards, Ian Mccoll, Paul Paye, T.N. Theatre Company, The Courier Mail, Brian Cannon, Ross Philpps, Vivien John, Magda Wollner, Andrew Tonner, Valley Graphics and The Queensland Theatre Company
Performed in the round, utilizing surround sound jungle noise, extended the run by an additional week, which sold out, based on strong word-of-mouth and press.
Japanese troops have invaded Malaya. A British patrol is in the jungle trying to assess the strength of the Japanese invasion. A Japanese soldier stumbles on the hut. They capture him and soon realise that the Japanese army is marching south in strength. The characters of the members of the patrol are sharply defined and allow us to see the moral dilemmas soldiers sometimes have to face from many different points of view.