James Clarke, Tony Clevin and (behind) Sophie Gliori rehearse for the Warwick 150th variety concerts.
James Clarke, Tony Clevin and (behind) Sophie Gliori rehearse for the Warwick 150th variety concerts. Emma Channon

Pioneers come to life

JAMES Clarke has to polish two slightly different English accents for the variety concerts where he will embody a pair of notorious characters.

Mr Clarke will portray settler Alan Cunningham and former Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the narration of Warwick history, which will be combined with a huge amount of music and dance.

Already Mr Clarke has done his research, which included helping to write the concert script, to ensure his background knowledge was up-to-scratch.

“I actually learnt Billy Hughes jumped parties throughout his leadership,” he said.

“And he seemed very egotistical – both (he and Alan Cunningam did). The real challenge is to keep the two characters separate because they're both English.”

Break dancer Tony Clevin and actress Sophie Gliori have also been hard at work making preparations.

Tony is a talented hip hop and hip rap break dancer, who began when he was four years old.

“My older brother used to do it so I thought I would try. He taught me a few things,” Tony said.

“I'm excited about the variety concerts – I haven't thought of a routine yet but something will come to mind.”

Like Mr Clarke, Sophie is also playing two characters, one of whom is the admired Patty Brosnan – best known for throwing a raw egg at then Prime Minister Billy Hughes, which prompted the formation of the Federal Police.

“I'm a bit nervous about the egg throwing incident – I'm worried I'll stuff it up,” Sophie said.

“We're going to be using a real egg in the production.”

The variety concerts will be performed on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

Tickets are available at council office or by phoning 4661 0300.



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