Touch and Go: affair to remember plays at Garrick Theatre


Joseph Isaia, Lindsay Cliff and Kylie Isaia  star in Touch and Go.
Joseph Isaia, Lindsay Cliff and Kylie Isaia star in Touch and Go.

EVERY farce starts with a lie and audiences can expect plenty of them when the Garrick Theatre brings the suburban comedy Touch and Go to the stage.

High Wycombe teacher Joseph (Joe) Isaia said one of the biggest challenges in his role as Brian was to play the philandering stage partner of his wife Kylie.

“While I’m trying to convince the audience that I am a two-timing sneaky husband, I am also trying to convince my real-life wife, who appears as my character’s wife (Hilary).

“I’m not really like this at all,” he said.

His wife said the cleverly scripted play presented a fresh opportunity to work with her husband after they first met in amateur theatre about 20 years ago.

“I was cast opposite Joe in an original musical, The Highwayman in 1997 at the Garrick Theatre,” she said.

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“We later went on to marry and have two daughters, both of whom have been involved in theatre.”

The comedy revolves around the life of Brian, a middle-aged businessman who tells his wife he is taking up jogging in an attempt to shed a few kilos.

“When Brian takes up jogging, his wife Hilary is not surprised,” Mr Isaia said.

“She has often told him he should exercise more after all the business lunches he consumes.

“But when Brian is ostensibly running round the park, he is in fact with his attractive girlfriend Wendy in his good friend George’s flat.”

Meanwhile George is having his own dalliance with Brian’s wife Hilary.

The local amateur theatre enthusiasts said the Guildford theatre production was a rare chance to work with accomplished Kalamunda director Alice Dale.

Dale spent her professional life in theatre and TV in the UK and Perth, and her TV appearances include The Gift and Lockie Leonard.

She said the script for Touch and Go was the first time she found herself laughing out loud on the first read.

“I knew this show would give an audience such a fun night out,” she said.

Touch and Go will play on November 24, 25, 26, 27 and December 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10, with matinees on November 27 and December 4 at 2pm. To book, call 9378 1990 or email bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au.