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On Our Selection


Fri 22 Mar 2019, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 23 Mar 2019, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sun 24 Mar 2019, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Thu 28 Mar 2019, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Roxy Lane Theatre, Corner of Ninth Avenue and Roxy Lane, Maylands, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concession: $16.00
  • Standard: $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: christhomas5

Steele Rudd’s classic Dad and Dave short stories are coming in the stage production 'On Our Selection'.

Presented by ARENAarts and directed by Peter Nettleton, the play was originally published in 1912 and has been described as Australia’s only successful folk comedy, performed hundreds of times in numerous countries.

"It’s told from the viewpoint of the original Aussie battlers—a family of pioneer subsistence farmers, their friends and acquaintances," Nettleton said.

"The play has a winning combination of theatrical ingredients, including life and death struggles, love triangles and political crusades.

"The main challenge is having a large cast of actors with varying levels of experience.

"There are also some very quick action sequences, a lot of scene changes and plenty of goings-on."

First performing with KADS and Darlington Theatres in the 1980s, Nettleton set up the comedy cabaret troupe ACME Theatre Co before working with Melville and Harbour Theatres as a director. He returned to acting with the Graduate Dramatic Society and Blue Room and Garrick Theatres.

Nettleton was named best director at the 2013 Hills Festival of Theatre and Dramafest for his production of The Bald Prima Donna and, more recently, directed No Strings Attached at KADS Theatre.

"I first read Steele Rudd’s short stories as a schoolboy," he said. "My mother’s forebears were subsistence farmers on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the setting for Rudd’s stories.

"I identified with the fighting spirit and recognised the dry sense of humour—and I also loved the movies and spin-off radio serial."