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ROBERT D GOUGH (1959 - )
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Robert Gough was born in New Zealand in 1959. His involvement in theatre began in 1988 working backstage for the Court Theatre in Christchurch NZ and crewing for the occasional documentary. Since that time he has worked intermittently in Film and Television as a producer, writer and director. Since his teenage years he's been awestruck by the works of playwrights such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Wilde, Shaw, Pinter, Stoppard, and Mamet to name a few. However, many of the influences and inspirations for this work come from just everyday experiences with ordinary and extraordinary people he's met or even just heard about. The script for "an Elephant in the Room" was completed in 2009, and after extensive notes, comments and readings, he has decided the play is ready for the stage. Gough describes the play as "containing just about everything good, bad, disastrous and wondrous that I've ever observed in human behavior" He regards the medium of theatre as and having its own peculiar charm enjoys the people and collaborative nature of stage production
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Elephant In The Room, An
an Elephant in the Room is a contemporary, comic fable about facing one's own demons and coming to terms with living in a society that doesn't always value or support your aspirations. Wally Stern is a middle-aged refrigerator wholesaler working from his warehouse in an inner suburb of Melbourne Wally appears to be the ultimate stoic family and business man who is only too happy to offer his assistance and philosophical insights to those he encounters. But all is never as it seems. across the hallway is a small studio apartment where Lucy Hamilton lives. Lucy is a struggling young actress, juggling her finances with her aspirations to be a success on stage. Her enthusiasm is contagious, but a series of bad auditions has affected her confidence. Meanwhile, her rent is due. Wally and Lucy work diligently for a life less ordinary but neither is succeeding in the pursuit of their separate passions of Wealth and art. To add to the intrigue, Wally has found a box containing an old 16mm projector and some reels of black and white film. These turn out to be Indian elephant fables, and each fable provides the subliminal chorus of our unique tale.
part of The First Annual Mama Drama Festival
Theatre Works, 14 acland St, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC 3184, Australia 08 Jul 2010
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Wise Comedy 75 min
Male: 6  Female: 1  Other: -
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