At the OAKLEIGH MECHANICS HALL (142-144 Drummond Street, Oakleigh, VIC) as part of Carnival of Suburbia 2013.
A huge hit at the inaugural Sydney Fringe festival – “Van Park” starring John Paul Young, Steve Kilbey and many more – will perform at the OAKLEIGH MECHANICS HALL (142-144 Drummond Street, Oakleigh, VIC) as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013.
This musical farce is about a group of washed up rockers who wind up in a Caravan Park. Amongst these battle hardened creatures a sensitive young boy come of age. Enter the love interest and let the music begin. It’s theatre you might actually enjoy!
Just as his 1975 chart-topping song Yesterday’s Hero lamented a star’s fall into obscurity, JPY’s character in Van Park faces a similar fate – albeit one with a few more vices gleaned from the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.
Van Park also stars another legend of the Australian rock scene – The Church’s singer, lyricist and bass guitarist Steve Kilbey, who’s character, interestingly, spends much of the show with a (cough) unusual phallic enhancement.
Van Park is written and produced by Greg Appel (Spontaneous) – who was one of the directors behind the very successful ABC documentaries Long Way to the Top and Bombora – the story of Australian surfing both were made with Paul Clarke who also collaborated on early stages of this musical. Van Park also features a live-on-stage soundtrack via King Curly, known among fans for their quirky and highly original sound.Van Park is many things rolled into one. It is as much a touching story of an unconventional childhood as a critique on the excesses of hard living. But, ultimately, it’s a rollicking musical full of larrikin humour that’s plugged into an amp with the volume set to high.
“If you want someone to play a washed up rocker whos better than yesterday’s hero?…” Cathy Mcabe The Telegraph (Sydney)
“Van Park was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Fringe, and one of the successes of our first year. It sold fantastically well, to the point that we were turning audiences away at later performances. Greg has clearly hit on something that has broad appeal…” says KRIS STEWART