2011 Crèche and Burn

CrecheAndBurnPosterOrange250Performed by Footprint Theatre at
Club Sapphire Merimbula
19-27 August 2011

Crèche and Burn takes the primal fears associated with child rearing and turns them on their head. The paranoia, perfectionism, fanaticism and anxiety of the characters as they grapple with the demands of parenting and child care. Crèche and Burn is a heightened situation comedy with a huge heart.

Elise Greig
Playwright Elise Greig

Here’s what our audiences said about the show:

“I knew it would be funny… but I didn’t realise it would be THAT funny!”

“Congratulations on the wonderful play. It was just perfect; right from the word go. I could not fault one single performer and each role was so different. At the conclusion we had tears in our eyes…we both could easily see it again. What a lovely theatre it is too and the stage and scenery were excellent.
It was also good to note how appreciative the audience was. More, More, More.”

“What a great venue – comfy seats, nice and warm, bistro and bar nearby, courtesy bus – great night out!”

Synopsis

Sarah is a newly trained childcare worker, it’s her first day on the job and she’s as keen as mustard. But all the children want to do is play war, take their clothes off, wee on each other, start fires and have food fights. Then there’s the parents, a motley crew of single mothers, career women, stay-at-home mums, the grandmother who thinks the childcare centre is the equivalent of a dog kennel and the biker mum who believes breastfeeding is an act of cannibalism. Things couldn’t be worse.

Enter Robert, the weekend father. He’s a gentle guy who just wants to spend quality time with his daughter, but somehow ends up taking the childcare centre hostage. All this and it’s not even morning tea!

CAST

Sarah (Newly trained childcare worker) Lis Shelley
Felicity (Career mum) Kerry Hynes
Damask Rose (Hippie mum) Karen Tarpey
Toni (Biker mum) Donna Cotter
Robert (weekend father) Martin McGee
Kym (Community Service Woman) Sheryn Johnson
Understudy: Sharon Wassink
Di (Single mum) Jacinta Bourke
Ruth Duncan (Timid mum) Louise Yeoman
Violet Davies (Grandmother) Thelma Went
Rebecca (Robert’s Ex) Christie McCabe
Police Sergeant Chris Knox

This production was licensed through the Australian Script Centre

Cast and crew: Back row (L-R): Chris Knox, Christie McCabe, Lis Shelley, Martin McGee, Kerry Hynes, Thelma Went Middle row: Phil Cheek, Donna Cotter, Louise Yeoman Front row: Wilma Donovan, Karen Tarpey, Jacinta Bourke and of course, the children!
Cast and crew:
Back (L-R): Chris Knox, Christie McCabe, Lis Shelley, Martin McGee, Kerry Hynes, Thelma Went
Centre: Phil Cheek, Donna Cotter, Louise Yeoman
Front: Wilma Donovan, Karen Tarpey, Jacinta Bourke and of course, the children!