Mount Pleasant to host School for Scandal with a 50s twist

The Rosebank property at Mount Pleasant will become home to a live classic comedy in January.
The Rosebank property at Mount Pleasant will become home to a live classic comedy in January.

The School for Scandal goes back to the mid 1950s in a new version of Sheridan’s classic comedy to be performed under the stars over four weekends in January.

Following a sell-out season last summer, Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre are bringing this fast-paced comedy to gardens across SA including Rosebank at Mount Pleasant.

In a society awash with gossip, Lady Sneerwell (Nicole Rutty) and her snake-like assistant (Miriam Keane) ruin the reputations of their rich friends simply for the fun of it.

Among the targets are two brothers, Charles (Robert Bell), a loveable rogue who drinks too much, and Joseph (Lee Cook) a sanctimonious, two-faced MP. While they compete to win the heart of Maria (Ashley Penny), they’re unaware their wealthy Uncle Oliver (Adrian Barnes) and old nanny (Lindy LeCornu) are secretly testing them to determine who deserves his inheritance.

The comely Lady Teazle (Kate Van Der Horst) must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband (Steve Marvanek), London’s top tittle-tattle Mrs Candour (Angela Short) and gossip columnist Benjamin Backbite (Joshua Coldwell).

Part of the 'School for Sandal' cast to perform live.

Part of the 'School for Sandal' cast to perform live.

Originally set in 1777, award-winning director Dave Simms is setting the story in 1955 when the idle rich were superficial yet sparkling, drinking Pimms and playing croquet on the lawn.

“The privileged classes disapproved of challenges to their way of life, such as teenagers, James Dean and Elvis Presley” Simms said.

“And behind the veneer of respectability, these malicious prattlers splashed fake news around town like confetti. But the truth has a way of tumbling out,”

The School for Scandal will be staged at various gardens, including at Rosebank Mount Pleasant on January 20 and 21.

Tickets are $35 and picnic hampers are available at blueskytheatre.com.au.

The show begins at 6.30pm with bar and picnics available. Bookings are also available at opengardensa.org.au.