The Rude Mechanicals Present

Ying Tong - a walk with the goons
by Roy Smiles

17 August - 2 September 2006
Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday Matinee 1.30pm
Cut-price Tuesdays 6.30pm
Steven Kennedy - Peter Sellers
Steven Kennedy
Peter Sellers
University Ave
& Childers St
Canberra City
6247 1223

Robert De Fries - Spike Milligan
Robert De Fries
Spike Milligan
BBC Mike
Directed by
Ian Hart
Robbie Matthews - Harry Secombe
Robbie Matthews
Harry Secombe
$28 & $22 (concession)

John Honey - Wallace Greenslade
John Honey
Wallace Greenslade

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
presents Ying Tong
for one night only
Thurs 7 September
137 Reed St, Greenway

Bookings 6293 1443

26-Feb-2007 Robert de Fries has just won "Best Actor in a Leading Role In a Play" at the Cat Awards for his role as Spike

The Canberra Review  by Jorian Gardner 23-Aug-2006
The Canberra Times by Alanna Maclean 22-Aug-2006
The Canberra Times by  Helen Musa 17-Aug-2006

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden , Absalom and Achitophel

The subversive anarchy and surreal humour of The Goon Show burst on  post-war Britain like an exploding batter pudding. The shock wave wrenched English comedy off  its secure moorings and set the course for Monty Python, Beyond the  Fringe, The Goodies… all the way to Little Britain. Peter SellersHarry Secombe and Spike Milligan became household names. Today, 60  years later, The Goon Show is still being broadcast on the ABC.
Roy Smiles’ brilliant new play celebrates the genius of The Goons,  but also demonstrates the truth of Dryden’s couplet in the high price  that Milligan, its creator, paid for his success.

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