Fall of the Roman Umpire at the Roxy

October 18, 2011

The Fall of the Roman Umpire is showing at The Roxy Theatre this Saturday, October 22 at 7.30 pm and has been dubbed quite the hilarious show.

“If you don’t laugh you get your money back,” says Dennis Coard, actor, Home and Away.

“There is something rich and rare here. Dennis has the capacity to transport you to a place where you laugh and cry and secretly never want to leave.”
Kerry Armstrong, Lantana, Sea Change, Bed of Roses

The Fall of the Roman Umpire is Dennis Coard’s one-person, intimate portrait of his journey through life, and the audience is there beside him, sharing his joys, hopes and pain. As he follows his life’s story Coard fascinates and delights, weaving magic from everyday existence. 

Kate Herbert from the Herald Sun writes “People’s personal histories are endlessly fascinating.  Dennis Coard has written his life into a charming and cheeky one-man show. Coard’s play is a self-narrated journey starting from his childhood emigration from Ireland with his family.”

Coard is a consummate comic performer.  Playing himself as a pubescent Irish child, as well as a number of family members, he weaves magic from everyday life.

Coard trained with Philippe Gaulier (Le Coq, Paris) and at the Victorian College of the Arts.  Since graduating, he has worked with most major theatre companies including over a dozen productions with Melbourne Theatre Company.

Film credits include Amy, Blowing Hot and Cold, Dancing in the Dust, Jigsaw, Radio Samurai, Noise, The Jammed, The Julian Paradox, Ricky! The Movie and a leading role in the A.F.I. award-winning Return Home.

Television credits include Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Stingers, Good Guys / Bad Guys, State Coroner, The Flying Doctors, Guinevere Jones, Horace and Tina, M.D.A., Something in the Air, Andrew Denton Show, Very Small Business, Menzies and Churchill at War, Monash – The Forgotten Anzac, The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley, The Circuit, City Homicide, and 6 years as Michael on the award-winning Home and Away.

“The Fall Of The Roman Umpire is magnificently performed by Dennis Coard. The play, a one-man show, is an autobiographical piece depicting his early life in Ireland, emigration to Australia and his young adulthood…Dennis’ play is witty, poignant and hilarious with superb timing… his portryal of the ageing ANZAC particularly inspiring. The huge repertoire covered during this hour-long performance is testament to Dennis’ immense talent.”
Wendy McMahon, theatre reviewer, MRSS

“A wonderful show. Beautifully performed by Dennis Coard. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
Sigrid Thornton, actor

 “This is a show not to be missed—tremendous humour balanced by pathos. A remarkable piece from a versatile performer.”
Melanie Beddie, director, Melbourne Theatre Company

“…with impressive acting ability, Coard captivates the audience… he fascinates and delights, weaving magic from everyday existence.”

Jeff Northam, The Age

For further information download  Fall of the Roman Umpire (PDF document, file size: 575Kb.)