About the Show
"A Finger in the Dyke" is a hilarious theatrical production that lampoons the current Reality TV Cooking shows. Take a floundering restaurant, a flamboyant chef, throw in a failing Celebrity TV Master Chef who is having his strings pulled, and you have an odd recipe for romance and comedy.
Jess is trying to keep her dreams of a little Dutch themed restaurant alive. It isn't made any easier when her best friend and head chef has some rather questionable ideas about food. They call on Cliff, the Celebrity TV Chef, to review their restaurant, and hopefully increase their profile, and profits. What they don't know, is that Clifford comes with baggage, in the form of an over eager, control freak, "my-daddy's-the-chairman" producer. What she has planned for the rest of them will force them all to rethink their choices in life.
With tongues firmly in their collective cheeks, this show may just make you rethink, about reality TV, and what it means to follow your dreams.
Elaine Emm lives in the Eastern Hills near a small town about an hour from Perth. She lives with geese and chickens and says she cannot do without her privacy. She has published plays, film scripts, short stories and poems under various pseudonyms and appeared in the Artrage drama festival in Perth.
Finger in the Dyke was first performed at ACORN THEATRE in Gosnells, WA (The smallest Theatre in the Southern Hemisphere) directed by Gail Chadwick and featuring Nina Deasley, Hayley Black, Ryan McNally and Aubreon Aherne. The performing rights were acquired by HERDING CATS PRODUCTIONS for their 2009/2010 season.
A Little History
This show has been running for around 10 years. In that time, it has been cast, and performed differently each year. One of the best aspects about this show, is its versatility. It has been performed by an entirely female cast, an entirely male cast, and with wildly different versions of each of the characters.
This year, we see the return of one cast member from 2012, Jeff Watkins, with an otherwise entirely new line-up (checkout the Who section for a full cast listing.) One thing that has never changed is the direction, until now. After years of directing the show, the reigns have now been handed over to a new director.
This has resulted in the play taking a new and exciting direction, much to the surprise and delight of the previous director, who has stayed on in a production capacity. We hope that you too will enjoy this new, fresh line up as you dine to the humour and delight that is "A Finger in the Dyke".
In the Gallery, you will find material from previous productions.