And I thought Stand Up was hard "Acting" the next challenge By Ron Hailes

When I decided to have a go at Stand Up Comedy I knew it would be hard, but 18 months on it's coming together. The likes of Adam Hills etc certainly don't need to worry about their jobs.

The next thing on the bucket list was "acting" so I scanned the net and found the perfect opportunity "On Air On Air" a very clever play about a radio station.

What makes it great, is both the writer, Peter Maden and the director Helen Maden (Mrs Peter) work for a large radio network and their inside knowledge of the industry makes this play really enjoyable.

I was cast in the role of Daryl Barnes a fairly negative copywriter who has had limited success at most things in life.

This acting stuff is easy, learn a few lines walk onstage, make the punters laugh, and walk off. The reality couldn't be more removed from this.

The task of putting on a play requires a huge amount of effort by all concerned and the creation is really fluid. Very fluid in my case because I have some shortcomings that couldn't be fixed! Helen our poor director has been very patient with me and very accommodating.

I have loved watching this thing grow, from our first read through, watching characters develop and seeing our set take shape its an amazing experience.

In 5 weeks time we open, I will have ticked another one off the bucket list and I hope that people are going to love it. It's a great play.

So what's next , who knows but the journey continues.

Check it out at Spotlight Theatre Gold Coast.

in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


I am a sometimes writer, stand up comic ,MC and Radio Presenter- these are my passions but I normally travel throughout SE Asia training sales and management staff in the Auto Industry

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