Everything you could ever wish for in a blockbuster

June 2, 2008

After sell out seasons in Edinburgh, London and Melbourne, Peter Houghton’s award winning comedy The Pitch is embarking on a national tour of Australia, arriving at The Roxy in Bingara on Saturday June 14 at 8pm.

Leaving a trail of rave reviews in its wake, with words such as "pure genius" and "rest assured … the hype is warranted" used by critics and audiences alike, this show is set to guarantee one of the funniest nights you will ever spend in the theatre.

Written and performed by Peter Houghton and directed by Anne Browning, The Pitch is a hilarious satire about the trials and tribulations of an Aussie trying to crack the big time in Hollywood.

Walter Weinermann, screenwriter, is on the brink. He’s broke, his agent is pressuring him, the most important pitch of his career to a panel of big-shot Hollywood producers is less than an hour away, and his girlfriend has left him.

With a miraculously sharp eye for the Hollywood cliché, the audience is taken on a whirlwind journey through cities and continents, across decades and eras, into and out of genres, all without leaving Walter’s flat.

The pitch is Walter’s one shot at the big time … and there’s a lot at stake.

It’s a chance for immortality. It’s a chance to prove to the world that he’s got what it takes … and maybe it’s a chance to win back his ex-girlfriend who dumped him for a born again Christian.

Walter’s script is an action, mystery, revenge, loser-makes-good, romance film set in way too many exotic locations. It’s a classic tale of love, war, sniping, plane crashes, exotic accents and plenty of meaningful close ups.

In this hilarious, panic stricken and desperate effort, Walter demonstrates all the roles that he hopes will be played by Hollywood A-list actors; including a clenched teeth Clint Eastwood, a debonair Sir Anthony Hopkins, a scintillating Catherine Zeta Jones and a surly Russell Crowe.

Peter Houghton works as an actor, writer and director in theatre, film and television, he is currently a performer in Newstopia with Shaun Micalleff for SBS.

His numerous film and television credits include Three Dollars, Stingers, Halifax, The Big News, The Late Report and Blue Heelers, for which he was short listed for an AFI award.

He has worked nationally for many of Australia’s leading theatre companies as a writer, director and actor. He has received 9 Green Room Award nominations.

The Pitch won the Green Room Awards for Best Actor and Best New Australian Play. In 2007 Peter was made an affiliate writer at Melbourne Theatre Company.

Don’t miss this one man blockbuster at The Roxy on the June 14 at 8pm.

Tickets: Adults $27.50, conc $22.50, groups of 20 or more $20 per head.

Bookings can be made at the Bingara Tourist Information Centre on 6724 0066.

All enquiries to Sandy McNaughton by telephoning 0427 241 582 or emailing the roxy at roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au