My theatre highlight for this week was attending the Opening Night of Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble’s production of Australian playwright Richard Beynon’s classic play, SIMPSON J. 202.
Michael Giglio gave a stellar performance in the lead role, playing John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the brave young Anzac stretcher bearer who used a little donkey to save many Aussie soldiers injured on the battlefield. Giglio traverses well the different stages in his characters’ journey.
During the play the playwright fills in a lot of the back story to John Simpson’s heroism on the battlefield. We learn that he was a good natured but naive adolescent who had more love for his pets and the local strays than he did for school work. Simpson desperately wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and become a merchant seaman. Continue reading RICHARD BEYNON’S ‘SIMPSON J, 202’ @ CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE