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What: For one performance only ‘A Stretch of the Imagination’ Comes to Somers

When: Saturday 7th June at 3pm

Where: The Auditorium, Coolart Wetlands Homestead, Lord Somers Road, Somers

Bookings: 5983 1657/ 0438 598 997/

Tickets: $20 adults/$15 concession (not suitable for children under 15)

Jack Hibberd’s Australian classic, A Stretch of the Imagination comes to Somers on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in the warm and intimate setting of the wetlands’ Observatory at Coolart. Actor, Wayne Pearn brings rugged charm, humour and pathos to the role of Monk O’Neill with a richly evocative soliloquy about one man’s rage against the dying light. Monk will not go gently. Playwright Jack Hibberd and the entire artistic team have kindly foregone royalties and are donating their time to help raise funds for the Somers Pre-School.

Stretch of the Imagination is the story of Monk O’Neill, a grumpy old Aussie who is facing up to the end of his life. With highly irreverent witticisms, this urban curmudgeon has decided upon self-imposed exile. From a remote shed, he reflects on a life less ordinary. With liberal doses of black comedy, Monk’s tales range from the philosophical to the occasionally uproarious. When he speaks about styling himself as a ‘modern-day Lothario’ the audience is in for a hilarious ride with one of theatre’s great eccentrics.

First performed in 1974, at the Pram Factory in Melbourne, ‘Stretch’ remains a masterpiece of Australian theatre. Directed by Renee Huish, this production was originally presented for Bloomsday in Melbourne in a 2013/14 summer season.

If you would like to enjoy a package of the show followed by dinner at Somers General Store,a $75 show-meal package is available. Limited seating so book soon.

For more information:  including interviews or background on A Stretch of the Imagination and photos please contact, Arthur O’Bryan on phone 0438 598997 /

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