Barbecue Blues

Barbecue Blues

About the Play

When the Campbells invite Dad’s new boss to a barbecue, mayhem ensues. Misunderstandings, relationship problems, illicit affairs, adolescence and hockey thuggery are all in the mix. What a day!






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Barbecue Blues has been transformed and remoulded into its present shape over the last three years largely because of the patient encouragement and intelligent editing of my colleagues in this production, Bruce and Nancy Richer. I thought we had arrived at presentable piece of drama when disaster struck in the shape of the director. The man has virtually shut me out of the production. I am banned from rehearsals and not allowed to suggest or discuss any cuts or additions to my own script. He will not allow me to talk to the cast on the pretext that they are having enough trouble already trying to learn my convoluted, tongue twisting text. The man is an insolent oaf and couldn’t direct traffic in a one-horse town. I hope you enjoy the play. – David Read

Although it has been a considerable struggle to mount this production, we have largely overcome our difficulties, except for one stumbling block – the playwright! I have never worked with a more obstinate, opinionated and intractable person in all my years in the theatre and it was a rare stroke of genius on my part when I decided to deal with him personally and not let him anywhere near the cast. Even so his malignant presence and facile opinions linger in every line of dialogue. We beg your forbearance and hope he has not ruined your evening. – David Read

Welcome to the first production of another wonderful season of plays at Hendry Hall. Barbecue Blues has been written and directed by one of our own members. We think you will agree that we have put together an excellent and diverse line up of plays for you to enjoy as outlined in our exciting new brochure.  We are now also into a whole new realm of on-line ticketing at to complement our familiar telephone reservation system. Season ticket packages will be available until the end of September, so call 604-983-2633 to order one for yourself and perhaps a friend. We look forward to seeing you again very soon in the Theatre at Hendry Hall. Enjoy the show! – Sue Worrow

CastCrewProduction Info
Character Played by
Penny Campbell Jasmine Carlson
Liz Campbell Julie Coghlan
Eddie Campbell Matthew Robertson
Jim Campbell Kevin Flatley
Marion Cayla Brooke
T.C. Simpson Roger Kettyls
Annabelle Simpson Isabel Mendenhall
Karen Rimmer Yvonne Arnason
Director David Read
Assistant Director Bruce Richer
Author David Read
Production Manager Anne Marsh, Margaret Lee (Financial)
Stage Manager Bob Bradley
Assistant Stage Manager Sierra Furdyk
Set Design and Construction David Read
Set Construction Gordon Pope
Set and Properties Decorators Nancy Richer, Bruce Richer
Lighting Designer Stephen Torrence
Lighting Assistants Simon Drake, Andrew Klukas
Sound Designers David Read, Anne Marsh
Costumes Karin Bews
Properties Sierra Furdyk
Lighting and Sound Operator Kathy Bradley
Graphic Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh
Front-of-House Coordinator Rosemary Hundal
Box Office Fran Heaney
Photographer Gary Schwartz
Videographer Chris Wolfe
Original Performance Dates September 10-25, 2010
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour and 40 minutes
Production Style Comedy
Special Thanks To Jeff Seddon (for his trombone playing)