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... its a great tribute to the extraordinary writing and acting talent of these two magnificent home-grown unique impresarios. A veritable acting Tour De Force. It’s a must see!
— Audience member Paul Dipnall 2017

MYSTERY IN THE AIR

 

Written by Michael Veitch & Simon Oats 

DIRECTED BY PETER HOUGHTON

 

NOT A RADIO PLAY BUT VERY REAL LIVE RADIO DRAMA

The Golden Age of Radio is back with:

 

MYSTERY IN THE AIR

Michael Veitch is back doing what he is loved for - original comedy. Simon Oats joins him on stage as the perfect matinee idol rogue, dashing former Squadron Leader, Tony ‘The Ace’ Hamilton. Set in a 1940's radio station the original radio plays, Flash Gordon and The Wax Works Museum are performed, but there's even more drama on stage from the 'off-air' shenanigans.

Sharply written, intelligent comedy that crosses politically correct boundaries but manages to hold the audience by their heart-strings. A much-loved fading star is feeling the heat from a dashing newcomer. Talent vs stability, old vs new ... the drama doesn't just go 'live-to-air' - the laughs come from everywhere!

This is without a doubt a terrific night of entertainment with big laughs at a cracking pace.

We would like to thank street, arts & culture photographer, 

Suzanne Phoenix, for taking so many of our photos.

Michael Veitch & Simon Oats performed Mystery in the Air in the Melbourne Town Hall Oct 2016

 
 

MICHAEL VEITCH 

Michael Veitch began his career writing and performing in television comedy in programs such as the D-Generation and Fast Forward before working as a newspaper columnist and regular broadcaster for ABC radio. He presented the national arts program, Sunday Arts, on ABC television for five years. He is also well known in radio, having broadcast across Tasmania for ABC Hobart 2009 – 14, as well as various stints on ABC 774 Melbourne. 

ACTOR / WRITER

In addition to numerous television, film and theatre credits, he has written five books: Flak, Fly, The Forgotten Islands, Heroes of the Skies and Southern Surveyor for the CSIRO. His sixth work, telling the story of the air defence of Port Moresby in 1942 will be released in August 2016. He has also worked extensively on stage, and in 2015 completed a successful national tour for Regional Arts Victoria based on his interviews with former Second World War airmen, entitled Flak. 

 

SIMON OATS

Since 2004, Simon has worked as a freelance storyteller in schools, private homes, arts centres and in open air spaces. From 2006 to 2007 he developed and delivered a storytelling incursion program for Victorian schools entitled Intercultural Connections through Story, co-funded by the Federal Government, Myer Foundation, Pratt Foundation and Ian Potter Foundation. He is the author of Storytelling for Intercultural Connections –A handbook for Schools (2010) based on the aforementioned program. In 2008, he wrote, composed and performed ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’’ a storytelling through narrative and song. Orpheus premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2008. 

ACTOR / WRITER

In 2009 he performed two further seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne. In 2011 a further season was produced by Gasworks Arts Park. He is the initiator and artistic director of Ladders to the Moon, a monthly traditional storytelling night in Northcote. Simon has appeared innumerous theatre works including Five Angry Men, and as principal actor with Complete Works Theatre Company, touring Shakespeare productions to Victorian schools. TV credits include Blue Heelers, Good Guys Bad Guys & Something in the Air. On Film he appeared as “Andy” in Last Orders (2001) directed by Fred Schepisi.

 

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CHESTER CREATIVE + MYSTERY IN THE AIR LOVE A WORKSHOP

We love touring big cities, remote regional Australia and everything in-between. While doing this we've grown to understand the importance of engaging local communities in touring creative work.

We've collated some workshop & interaction ideas that we think support this show, in either style or substance, from various entry points. 

Please be in touch if you'd like to book any of these with the show, or chat about your own ideas on how we can better assist connecting creatively with your community. We can also look at 'hosting' your community event and are always available after the show for community catch ups.

All listed workshops can be delivered as one hour 'talks' or 3 hour interactive workshops. 

Please enquire for available dates and costs

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MYSTERY ON THE RADIO - 5 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME RADIO READY

Maybe you’re currently working in community radio, or have aspirations to. Want to look at pitching your own show to your favourite station? Michael Veitch has over 30 years experience both as a regular radio presenter with the ABC and commercial radio stations and ongoing guest appearances.

Let him give you tips on:

  1. Content strategies
  2. Voice modulation
  3. Why timing & listening is so important on air
  4. Managing guests & your responses to them
  5. Preparation for when things go wrong

 

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THINK YOU’RE FUNNY AND WANT TO WRITE COMEDY?

 

Michael & Simon will bring their extensive – and quite varied – backgrounds into the room and deliver ideas, tips and examples of what they view as the basics of comedic writing.

  • How to start
  • The writing framework
  • Ideas on the comedic process
  • Then just get it up!

Michael Veitch has a well-known and much loved history in sketch comedy with Fast Forward & D-Generation. He has been making people laugh with his fabulous characters for over 30 years.

Simon Oats is a master storyteller plus he holds a Bachelor Drama and a Bachelor of Education. He works extensively with well-researched theories and constructs that focus on what the framework of a good story looks like.

Come along and learn your tilt from your tip and leave with enough motivation to get that project happening.

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TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT - Tips for writing a two hander

Need some inspiration for getting your own piece up and running?

Just curious as to how others actually write theatre? You can be creative anywhere, anytime – there is no greater boundary than yourself. Simon & Michael discuss their approach to writing a two hander such as Mystery in the Air and their fundamental techniques. A piece of touring theatre that was written in cafes and lounge rooms – you’ll see why you can do it too.

Some of your takeaways will be:

  • How to start – what’s enough to call it a beginning & how do you keep at it?
  • Defining the story to create the right tension
  • Balance on stage – how to achieve it and how to tip it
  • Pace with just two of you
  • Economy of writing
  • And finally - perform it anywhere you can!