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Barracking for the Umpire

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Barracking for the Umpire

Past Show

07 Oct - 23 Oct

Subiaco Arts Centre

A funny drama about footy, family and fragility, and what we're willing to sacrifice for the game.

Barracking for the Umpire

From the wickedly funny mind of comedienne Andrea Gibbs (ABC Weekend presenter, Barefaced Stories) comes Barracking for the Umpire.

The Castle meets The Club in this original family drama that asks us: what are we willing to sacrifice for the great game?

Doug Williams is the greatest footballer Donnybrook has ever seen. Hard as flint. Salt of the earth.

Delveen, his wife has been by his side for years, through head knock after head knock.

The club want to honour Doug with a lifetime achievement award, so the kids are all flying home to join the celebration. But the sure hands of this once great player are starting to fumble the ball.

Barracking for the Umpire tackles blokes and their vulnerability, the fragility of the human body, and the impacts of brain injury on ourselves, our family, and our community. This story will resonate with every AFL fan, player and parent.

“Up there Cazaly, in there and fight…I am a huge Andrea Gibbs fan and with this play kicks it out of the park, literally. This family is familiar and loveable…Fight like the devil, the crowd’s on your side.” Clare Watson, Director.

“Originally hailing from Donnybrook, Andrea has been described as ‘the quintessential cousin from the country.” The West Australian.

Proudly supported by Malcolm Robertson Foundation and City of Perth as part of the Funny Girl initiative.

Image by Frances Andrijich.

The commissioning of Barracking for the Umpire was supported by

Restart investment to sustain and expand (RISE) fund – an Australian Government Initiative

Dates

07 Oct - 23 Oct

Venue

Subiaco Arts Centre

Duration

1 hour 30 mins (no interval)

Content Warning

Dementia, amnesia, partial nudity, sexual references, fog and coarse language.

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Media

Artists

Michael Abercromby

Michael Abercromby

Cast

Pippa Grandison

Pippa Grandison

Cast

Joel Jackson

Joel Jackson

Cast

Steve Le Marquand

Steve Le Marquand

Cast

Ebony McGuire

Ebony McGuire

Cast

Jo Morris

Jo Morris

Cast

Ian Wilkes

Ian Wilkes

Cast

Andrea Gibbs

Andrea Gibbs

Writer

Clare Watson

Clare Watson

Director

Polly Low

Polly Low

Dramaturg

Sara Chirichilli

Sara Chirichilli

Set & Costume Designer

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lucy Birkinshaw

Lighting Designer

Joe Paradise Lui

Joe Paradise Lui

Composer & Sound Designer

Michael Carmody

Michael Carmody

Video Designer

Riley Billyeald

Riley Billyeald

Stage Manager

Madeleine Young

Assistant Stage Manager

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