The Role Model



Bruce Hoogendoorn
Bruce Hoogendoorn - Writer

Bruce Hoogendoorn's plays Alice of Hearts and Blue Sky with Clouds were produced in Canberra in 2000. The Role Model won the TheatreLab open award in 2006 and was workshopped at NIDA under the guidance of Edward Albee. The Riverina Theatre Company produced the first professional production of the play in March this year. Bruce is currently working on his play "The Clever Country" for which he received an artsACT grant.
Writer's Notes

Mal Houston

Mal Houston - Stage Manager

Mal is a past president of Canberra Repertory and was stage manager for the Rude Mechanical's production of 'Ying Tong' and had such a good time during that show that he could not resist the challenge of doing another.'

Ian Hart

Ian Hart - Director

Ian has been directing plays and films professionally since 1968. (My god! that’s 40 years!) His most recent play for Street Two was the Australian première of Ying Tong, a Walk with the Goons in 2006. He directed a reading of The Role Model in 2007.

Raoul Cramer Scott

Raoul Craemer - Scott

Raoul is a professionally trained actor (ArtsEd London). In Canberra, he has played Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights, performed with the Street Theatre's Ensemble (Ubu Roi, Mistero Buffo), and presented his own show "Vidooshaka - The Indian Clown". Raoul recently played the lead role in the screenACT funded film "Crossing the Line".

Kerrie Roberts

Kerrie Roberts - Wanda

Kerrie started acting 6 years ago after a mid-life crisis.  2008 projects include The Shakespeare Project (ACT Singers), The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer.  Past projects include The Birthday Party, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film parts include Marion Mahoney Griffin, Walter Burleigh Griffin’s wife.

Ellen Caesar

Ellen Caesar - Louise

Ellen graduated from a BA in Acting for Stage and Screen from Charles Sturt University in 1999 and has since tried to balance full time work with theatre commitments. Her last performance was Canberra Rep's production of 'Proof' where she won a CAT (Canberra Area Theatre) award for Best Actress in a leading role.

Jethro Pitcher

Jethro Pitcher - Adam

Jethro is 15 years old and is in Year 10 at Alfred Deakin High School. He was in the Woden Valley Youth Choir for 6 years. He played Peter Pan in his Year 6 musical and was the Juggler in the Mar Woman of Chaillot in 2006. This is his first major role in mainstream theatre.

John Honey

John Honey - Jack

John is a foundation member of The Rude Mechanicals, having played the role of Wallace Greenslade in Ying Tong, a Walk with the Goons. John has acted in over 40 shows, mainly for Canberra Repertory. He has recently appeared in Amadeus, The School for Scandal, Hay Fever and The Odd Couple. His next outing will be as Colonel Pickering in Rep’s production of Pygmalion.

Robbie Matthews

Robbie Matthews  - Dave

Robbie played Harry Secombe in Ying Tong and has appeared in  One Night Only, The Adventures of Boy President, The Birthday Party,"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer" and The Forced Marriage. He performed in a series of radio plays for Artsound FM, and has been known to sing with the Canberra Union Voices.
When not acting or singing, he is the Editor in Chief of The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (and webmaster for Rude Mechanicals)

Writer’s notes:

"The Role Model" is about a badly behaved swimmer, and may seem a little opportunistic since a number of swimmers have disgraced themselves in recent months. However, this is pure coincidence, and pure luck, as the first draft of the play was completed in February 2004. Since then it has undergone two workshops and staged readings at The Street Theatre, another workshop at The Riverina Theatre Company, and a two week workshop at NIDA under the watchful eye of Edward Albee.

 So the play has been through the wringer and is now in the best shape I can get it. Many people have helped me get it to this point, and I'd like to thank them: Ian Hart, the play's director; Caroline Stacey, the Artistic Director of The Street Theatre; The Riverina Theatre Company board for believing in the play; my wife Katie, who always makes valuable comments, and the wonderful cast and crew. Also thanks to The Street for their financial assistance and to the Street's staff for their valuable contribution to the production.

 I hope you enjoy the play, and I hope sporting stars continue to behave badly, enabling the play to remain current.