It’s August 1945, the last weeks of the war, but they don’t know it. They just hope it will be all over soon, the Yanks will go home and all their probable futures will be made possible. They’re three young Navy boys on leave and a girl called Lorna Jackson. But right now there’s the high life to live before they call time in the main bar of Young and Jackson’s, that iconic Melbourne pub, where the young, and Jackson, will climb the stairs to Room 24, sip a black market sherry and begin a story that will take half a century to complete… Wayne Harrison directs the world premiere of this tender, mischievous prequel to Don Reid’s award-winning Codgers. with Charlie Cousins, Sam Duncan, Jacob Machin, Gabrielle Scawthorne designers Dann Barber & Michael Hili
A new play about old ways by Don Reid
Directed by Wayne Harrison
Starring Charlie Cousins, Sam Duncan,
Jacob Machin and Gabrielle Scawthorn
Wayne Harrison directs the world premiere of a new Australian play, Young & Jackson. Set in Melbourne’s iconic pub in 1945 in the final weeks of World War ll, it covers the lives of three young Navy boys and one very intriguing woman.
Young & Jackson celebrates the fashions, the foibles, the sheer fun of being young and full of life in a time of war; when black market silk was scarce, seamed stockings were body art and young sailors risked all for a night of high jinks.
VP Day is imminent, but this fledgling four don’t know it. They just hope it will all be over soon, the Yanks will go home and all their probable futures will be made possible. And right now, there’s the high life to live…
Starring Charlie Cousins (Charlie Davis of The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as Keith, Sam Duncan (Eurydice at Red Stitch) as Les, Jacob Machin (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) as Jimmy and Gabrielle Scawthorn (Channel 7‘s The Killing Field) as the woman who will change all of their lives.
Internationally renowned, Wayne Harrison’s directing credits include Spiegelworld’s Absinthe and Empire and Andy Griffiths’ Just Macbeth! for Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company. He was the Director of Sydney Theatre Company, Creative Director of New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbour, and Director of the closing ceremony of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Designers Dann Barber and Michael Hili will bring the classical proportions of fortyfivedownstairs to life with all the wartime flavour of the famous pub, where the 19th century French nude ‘Chloe’ still resides in the upstairs bar.
Young and Jackson is the tender mischievous prequel to the award-winning comedy Codgers by the late Don Reid – a mainstay of Australian stage, film and television and founding member of Ensemble Theatre, Don was known for a host of roles in everything from TV’s Skippy to Sales of Justice to film’s Moulin Rouge! and Men’s Group.
"This is an astutely observed, insightful but above all warm and heartfelt piece of theatre.”
Daily Telegraph on Codgers
Fittingly for the world premiere of Young & Jackson, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of VP Day and the end of World War ll and the 140th anniversary of Young & Jackson’s Hotel.
Presented by Harrison Productions and Steady Lads, it is also part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program’s Project Series 2015.
Dates - Thursday March 5 to Sunday March 22
Performance times - Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm, Saturday matinee 14 & 21 at 4pm
Ticket prices - $48-35
Bookings - www.fortyfivedownstairs.com or phone 03 9662 9966
Venue - fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne