Laugh-a-minute plays open at Echuca Foundry on Friday

By Ivy Jensen

IF YOU'RE after a night of fun and laughter, head to Echuca-Moama Theatre Company's raucous one-act plays this weekend.

Last Tango in Little Grimley and Last Panto in Little Grimley will be held at The Foundry Arts Space from Friday to Sunday, so people are urged to book their tickets now.

The plays follow the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society, whose membership has dwindled to just four: its bombastic and egomaniacal director Gordon (Aaron David Palmer); bossy and ill-tempered Margaret (Gemma Marchant); tone-deaf and ditzy Joyce (Suzanne Spencer); and inept set builder and banana-eating Bernard (Mark Thomson).

Fresh from their annual general meeting, the group must decide on what show to stage next to save the bank balance, their reputation — and the company.

Will it be Oklahoma? Perhaps Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

Or will Gordon pull the club out of arrears by injecting some comedy into the next show – which also happens to be his literary masterpiece.

Will Joyce get her chance to sing her swansong, or will she just look like an angry ostrich?

Will Bernard get the set built before opening night without it collapsing on his head?

And will Margaret agree to the shenanigans Gordon has planned, or will she have to go against every maternal instinct she has to whip out something surprising before it all goes utterly pear-shaped?

Directors Lesley Summers and Tricia Deakin have been busy rehearsing, and laughing, with the cast during the past 10 weeks in preparation for the four performances.

“We have really enjoyed working with four very talented cast members and seeing their characters emerge as the weeks went by,” Lesley said.

Staged with cabaret seating, audiences are invited to bring their own nibbles and drinks, and the Little Grimley plays are a perfect excuse to get a few of your friends together and head out for a laugh-a-minute night at the theatre.

Tables of six or 10 are available and you do not need to book the whole table to buy tickets.

The Little Grimley plays open on Friday, February 28 at 7.30 pm, followed by shows on Saturday, February 29, at 2 pm and 7.30 pm and Sunday, March 1, at 2 pm.

Tickets are $30 and only available online at