Meet Roo Theatre – Playmates 2014


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Located in Shellharbour Village, on the corner of Addison Street and Wentworth Street.

Roo Theatre, a foundation team for Playmates Illawarra have grown to be one of the most popular Playmates groups. In 2011 and 2012, Roo Theatre’s all-boys team were crowned back-to-back Playmates champions. They return for their ninth Playmates appearance and are presenting a cast boasting an exciting mix of both youth and wisdom. Popular Illawarra theatre veterans Tom Hadley and Tim Collins join forces with the youthful and energetic Sam Lovell and Clair Higgins.

Roo Theatre Company Inc. is a community based non-profit organisation whose vision is to bring theatre to the general public at a price they can afford and to allow all members of the public, who have an interest in the arts, to become actively involved. To this day Roo maintains its philosophy of working together as a team to develop their vision of theatre into a reality.

Since its establishment in 1987, Roo Theatre has managed to maintain and improve its service to this growing community through the hard work of members and friends to the point where it has grown into a major arts organisation and has earned respect for its professionalism and innovative works. Along with Broadway Musicals and Classic Drama, Roo has gained a reputation for community inspired new Australian works.

Playmates Team: Clair Higgins (Captain), Sam Lovell, Tom Hadley and Tim Collins

Roo Theatre's winning team, 2011-2012

Roo Theatre’s winning team, 2011-2012

2014 Playmates Team
If I had one super power, it’d be the ability to manipulate probability. What’s the probability that someone will drop $20,000 at my feet? Let’s make that 100%

Clair first discovered theatre when she was conscripted into her year seven School production. Since that fateful day, she has been in every one since, from Hating Alison Ashley to The Tempest. Clair is currently taking drama classes with Roo Theatre and took on the role of Captain Smolsky in Bugsy Malone.

The thought of a high pressure improvisation performance is an exciting prospect for Clair, and she does admit to being a little nervous. She has high dreams and great ambition of achieving success, and is relishing all opportunities that can give her more experience in a professional acting environment.

“It’s baby steps toward a big dream. Acting is my passion. I think Playmates will be a good learning opportunity, and, you know, fun!”

Although Clair is only young, she has already started to make a name for herself within the ranks of the Illawarra’s actor ranks. She is eager and hungry to show off what she can do on stage.

“I want to get myself out there! I’m tired of getting kicked off the set because the music class needs the classroom.”


If I had one super power, it’d be the ability to perform in theatre and get paid enough to live.

Tom Hadley supports his team mate in last year's Playmates, on the Wollongong Comedy team.

Tom Hadley supports his team mate in last year’s Playmates, on the Wollongong Comedy team.

Tom has been a regular member of the Playmates cast over the years, and now looks to represent his third company, showing his versatility and popularity within the Illawarra region.

Tom Hadley has treaded the Illawarra theatre boards for a long time, and has become one of the most loved individuals in the Wollongong Theatre Community. This talented Welsh actor has taken on countless roles with Wollongong Workshop Theatre including Giles Corey in The Crucible and Captain Mainwaring in Dads Army.
He appeared as the hapless George in Roo Theatre Company’s farce, Cash on Delivery and the Badger in SPAT’s production of Alan Bennett’s Wind in the Willows. He also played the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream. He is a singer with a tenor voice and trained as a clown and at Sydney Acting School and street theatre at Theatre Unlimited in Sydney. He has also presented music on an interview show on local community radio and appeared in (and presented) several corporate training videos.

“I’m in absolute trepidation about being in Playmates again, but it’s like surfing for me. I always come off stage exhilarated.”

Although Tom has become comfortable with the games that has been a regular on the Playmates stage, he is thrilled at the opportunity to play some new and exciting content.

“I hope we don’t get the games that require tight rope walking or major acrobatics, my joints are a bit old now. I’d much prefer the ones where I get to be nude. Don’t worry. I’m joking.”


If my life were a book, it’d be called “Learn To Pimp 2: Electric Boogaloo” and it’d be a cookbook.

Sam Lovell (Left) at the 2014 Playmates Training Day BBQ

Sam Lovell (Left) at the 2014 Playmates Training Day BBQ

Ever since Sam lost his sense of shame from the Emu accident of 98, he has always wanted to act. And so he did. Playing such important roles as the Big bad wolf (TM) in the year 2 “have a go show”, winning “LIFE” magazines 2006 person of the year award, performing in several IPAC plays and also a couple of other minor productions that he doesn’t really remember.

In his first Playmates appearance, Sam is looking forward to “Laughs, Improvisation” and “laughing at improvisation. How can it fail?”

“I’m excitedly nervous! But I can’t tell the other teams that, so like if you’re another team, forget what I said and act really surprised when I act nervous. That would really help me.”

Sam is looking forward to the entire experience and all the games available, and impressed his peers with his evergy and ability to think on the spot, as well as his sharp wit and bubbling energy.

“Improvisation involves a lot of on-the-feet thinking and need a variety things to succeed. Such as mood, alertness and nervousness, so there is really no way to tell who could win. Well there probably is. But im not going to make a graph or anything. That’d be ridiculous. Also I can’t, I tried.”


8pm Friday 28th November
City Diggers Club Wollongong

All TIckets $15 visit

Produced by Black Box Theatre in association with Roo Theatre Company, Stanwell Park Arts Theatre, University of Wollongong School of Creative Arts, The Drama Studio, and Wollongong Comedy


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