Neighbours Stars Take to the Stage
Neighbours.com, 5 October, 2006
It started with Blair McDonough (Stu Parker) heading over
to London to star in the West End version aussie comedy The
Vegemite Tales. Then he handed the baton over to pal Patrick
Harvey (Connor O'Neill) who's currently filling in for Blair
while he shows off his soccer skills in UK reality show The
Match. And so the deluge of Neighbours stars taking
to the theatre begins.
Current cast members Dan O'Connor (Ned Parker) and Ben Nicholas
(Stingray Timmins) are all set to head over to the UK for panto
season. Dan will be playing Prince Charming in Cinderella
at His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen. Ben will be playing Jack in
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
Back home in Melbourne, the trend continues. Bridget Neval,
who played Lana Crawford, Neighbours' first openly gay character,
is appearing in a play entitled Chasing Pegasus: A Play in
Ten Chords. The show is part of the city's annual fringe
Just to make sure Bridget feels at home, there's a further
Neighbours connection: one of Bridget's co-stars is former Channel
10 newsreader Jennifer Hansen who, in real life, is married to
Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy).
The show is about the diverse members of the Serendipity Book
Club who meet to discuss the latest bestseller "Chasing
Pegasus". Critics have already raved about the play, describing
it as "a slice of life' insight into what makes us
as human beings tick". Sounds like Neighbours, really. Only
without Robert Robinson trying to kill everyone.
It's running at the Gasworks Arts Park in Albert Park until
the 7th October, so make sure you don't miss out.
For more information, not to mention some lovely pictures
of Bridget and Jen, you can go to the Chasing
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