Aussie Hit Vegemite Tale Returns for Three MonthsDate: 2 June 2005
The antipodean answer to Friends is returning to London this month for a new three-month season. The Vegemite Tales - which has already had 33 sell-out weeks on the London fringe – will now run at Riverside Studios from 7 June to 27 August 2005 (previews from 2 June).
Australian playwright Melanie Tait, who recently left her position as artistic director of London’s Old Red Lion Theatre to move back home, wrote the comedy based on her own experiences while living in the UK. It was first staged at the Baron’s Court Theatre in 2001 and soon became a hit with Australian and New Zealander ex-pats.
The Vegemite Tales delves into the lives of a group of young antipodeans colonising a west London flat. Sam’s thinking about going home, Maddie’s thinking about Dan, Dan’s thinking with the wrong head, Eddie’s not really thinking at all, Gemma’s facing a big decision and Jane just wants the toilet bowl to be clean.
For the Riverside run, Bill Buckhurst directs a new cast which includes Ben Steel (who played Jude Lawson in Aussie TV soap Home and Away), Andrew Robb and Tom Sangster from the original cast, as well as Andy Leonard, Jessica Gerger and Sarah McGlade. The Vegemite Tales is presented by Itchy Feet Theatre and Algernon Productions.
- by Terri Paddock