Turning the tables


Dick (former Leeming High student Kyle Kash), Rob (David Wallace) and Barry (Richard Maganga) get into the groove with High Fidelity.
Dick (former Leeming High student Kyle Kash), Rob (David Wallace) and Barry (Richard Maganga) get into the groove with High Fidelity.

Based on the Nick Hornby book and directed by Bull Creek resident Kristen Twynam-Perkins at Roleystone Theatre, the show explores love, life and the importance music plays as the soundtrack to both.

The story follows Rob Gordon, a Brooklyn record shop owner in his 30s who is obsessed with making top five lists for everything and always observing, rather than participating, in life.

When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves – with some help from his music – and slowly learns he has to let go of his self-centred world view before he can find real happiness.

High Fidelity was also adapted into a 2000 film featuring John Cusack and Jack Black. The musical features music written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt, responsible for Next to Normal.

Kash plays Dick, the shy, bashful “uber-geek” of the record store.

“He loves his obscure, alternative-world music and is essentially the most hipster character in the show,” he said.

“Dick is so hipster that you could say he is avant-garde and not recognised in his own time.

“He displays a naivety and innocence that juxtaposes the often obnoxious and disgusting behaviour of his two colleagues and their treatment of women.

“In saying that, he’s not perfect and comes off as fairly creepy at times. But he’s a leap forward in a show that presents us with the impotence of the straight man and his inability to connect and communicate respectfully with the opposite sex.”

Acting from age five, Kash moved on to Short Fuse Youth Theatre before performing in numerous musicals and stage productions while at high school.

Acting has taken Kash to New York, where he has worked at the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and studied at Stella Adler’s Studio of Acting.

His multi-award-winning Fringe World show The Leftovers was also recently revived at the Hellenic Club of WA.

High Fidelity plays at 8pm March 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 with a 4pm matinee March 13.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9397 5730 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au .