Cast Announcement – Playmates 2020 Super Team

PLAYMATES ILLAWARRA 2020

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday 12th December at 8:00pm
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston (Phoenix Theatre)
Limited Seating to ensure a COVID-Safe production
BOOK TICKETS NOW

For the first time in Playmates’ fifteen-year history, only one actor from each group has been put forward to form a Playmates SUPER TEAM, in our annual improvised comedy showcasing unifying the Illawarra’s theatre and performance groups Roo Theatre Company, Wollongong Workshop Theatre, Stanwell Park Arts Theatre, University, Wollongong Comedy and Black Box Productions.

Our six brave performers will play together for love, not for the trophy in a ultimate statement of friendship and cooperation.

Last year’s champions University will retain the trophy they reclaimed in the controversial 2019 Grand Final triumph over Wollongong Comedy. While keeping the trophy another year was music to the ears of University captain Alexander Cuff, not everyone is as happy to not get a change for Playmates redemption.

“It is a travesty, an absolute travesty! The trophy should be parked in the Black Box Vault until the 2021 Playmates. This sort of bullshit could tear the Playmates community apart! Maybe don’t call it the Black Box vault though, that sounds creepy.” – Feargus, WWT.

While Jordan from Roo Theatre is already eyeing off returning Roo Theatre to their former Playmates glory days. “It’s ok, they know they are going to lose it next time. Give them a little longer with the trophy because they probably won’t win it again.”

When asked if he thought it was fair that University retain the trophy, Alex responded “Uni keeping the trophy for another year was always gonna happen; you think we weren’t gonna win this year anyway?”

Lisa from Black Box Productions is especially looking forward to performing alongside the other groups. “I don’t do playmates for the competition, it’s just fun, so I really couldn’t care less about the trophy. That being said, Wollongong Comedy 100% should’ve won last year. Don’t tell Alex I said that though.”

PLAYMATES XV 2020 CAST

ALEXANDER CUFF | UNIVERSITY

Alex was born the day before the original Pokémon games were released, which is nice that such a positive thing came after a major tragedy. He spent the next 24 years disappointing most people he encountered. Here’s to 24 more, because God knows he doesn’t have much longer than that.

ADAM ARMITT | WOLLONGONG COMEDY

Adam Armitt is the longest serving participant in playmates, and arguably the most attractive, he is a regular with in the local comedy and improv scene, helping run teach classes to new improvisors as a part of Rising Arts Productions. Will he prove that those who can’t do, teach? Probably.

LISA OMODEI | BLACK BOX PRODUCTIONS

Lisa likes to collect stamps from Japan. She believes they give her samurai powers. Lisa has been involved in lots of improv with Rising Arts Productions and has been a part of Playmates since 2013.

FEARGUS MANNING| WOLLONGONG WORKSHOP THEATRE

Feargus finds a perverse sense of enjoyment in the sheer terror that comes each time he steps into the improv space. He doesn’t like to think too hard about what that says about him but it probably has something to do with the way in which you need to lean on/plug in to your fellow performers. That dynamic is the central thing he loves about all theatre – holding up your fellow performers/storytellers while they hold you up at exactly the same time.

“Improv gets you to dial this energy up to 11. It makes for a truly wild ride that always carries the risk of a serious crash resulting in mashed egos and dismembered reputations.”

BRYSON GRENFELL | S.P.A.T

Bryson has been good looking for about twenty four years now, with very little else going on. He is a fan of comic books, occasional substance abuse and frequent self abuse (I like to rehearse in the mirror). He loves his girlfriend and walks on the beach.

JORDAN CUNNINGHAM | ROO THEATRE CO.

Jordan is just your typical writer who ends up on stage more than he would like. If he could say “no” more often he probably would be somewhere very different. He enjoys writing and is very good at babbling on when he doesn’t know what to say as that’s how he has made it through his university degree. His humor comes out when he is extremely nervous so this show is going to be natural to him. Jordan aspires to have a sass off with Gordon Ramsay one day.

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday 12th December at 8:00pm
at the Bridge Street Theatre Coniston (Phoenix Theatre)
Limited Seating to ensure a COVID-Safe production
BOOK TICKETS NOW

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