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Ballarat National Theatre

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CAST

Driected by Peter Nethercote

Driected by Peter Nethercote

Jayne Gaylor

Jayne Gaylor

Trevor Day

Trevor Day

Gabrielle Leeds

Gabrielle Leeds

Haydn Vincent

Haydn Vincent

Angela Quinlan

Angela Quinlan

Ben Sandford

Ben Sandford

Bernie Ebbs

Bernie Ebbs

Eleanor Jones

Eleanor Jones

 

Cast

Jessica Jane Gaylor
Andrew Trevor Day
Hilary Angela Quinlan
James Bernie Ebbs
Patsy/Peg/The Matron Gabrielle Leeds
Geoffrey/John/The Bishop Haydn Vincent
Susie/Connie/Naomi Eleanor Jones
Josh/Sandy Ben Sandford

Pre-Production

Set Construction David Bradley, Trevor Day, Yvonne & Ivan Downing,
Bernie Ebbs, Aaron Glenane, Wendy Hall,
Ron Hedgcock, Eleanor Jones, Lauren Kinnane,
Tony McGuinness, Peter Nethercote,
Josh & Matthew Noble,
Julian Oldfield, Ken Prato, Val Sarah,
Andrew Seeary, Haydn Vincent, Graham Walker
Prop Furniture Frank Lilley
Photography Helen Irving
Graphic Design Peter Freund
Front of House Yvonne Downing & B.N.T. Members

 

Production Credits

Directed by Peter Nethercote
Stage Manager Sally Read
Crew David Bradley, Aaron Glenane, Megan Pinkerton
Lighting Frank Hanrahan with Kieran & Leon Hanrahan

Review

Reviewer- Gail Sjogren

A Clanging Cymbal is music to the Ears

A WORLD premiere in Ballarat: indeed it is, and what is more the play is written and directed by Ballarat actor/director and playwright Peter Nethercote. A Clanging Cumbal focuses on the challenges, both personal and professional, faced by Jessica, newly ordained as an Anglicau priest and appointed to a parish where some of the members are less than enthusiastic about a woman in the ministry

But Jessica's problems are not only with her parishioners. A loving but troubled husband, a daughter who rejects all reIigion and wbose rebellious sulks will bring a knowing smile from any parent of a teenager, an ageing mother, and a friend with her own problems; all test Jessica's own com- passion and commitment.

There are plenty of laughs and many warrn moments as Jessica battles the entrenched conservatism of some of her parishioners. As she reacts to other people's needs, she learns about herself and the truth of the text, that gives the play its title: "Without love, I am a clanging cymbal." An outstanding cast brings out the very real human qualities of the characters. As the feisty Jessica,, Jane Gaylor gives a spirited performance.