The Rokitelly Man
Dramatic Productions and Ickle Pickle Productions presents
The Rokitelly Man

25 Jul 2014 to 2 Aug 2014

The Toy Emporium is the busiest, most successful toy store in the country. But buried deep in it's hustling and bustling workforce is Jeremy, a socially awkward and somewhat naive dreamer. Stuck in Packaging, his only wish is to design toys and secretly he has been toiling away on a new robot invention - the Rokitelly.

The Rokitelly, however, has some minor design flaws - it keeps bursting into flames. Unsure of what to do and with no help from his womanising best friend Paul, it is left to Cindy, the girl Jeremy secretively loves, to suggest he takes the Rokitelly to the heads of the company.

With declining financial fortunes the company is in trouble and Mrs Pembleton, the overbearing owner and head of the company, sees in the Rokitelly a chance to reverse the company's woes. She places Jeremy into the capable hands of Erol Kilty the head of the toy design department and a legend in the toy industry.

Jeremy soon learns that success comes at a price. One he has to decide if he's willing to pay.

Along the way we meet a gang of colourful characters in search of love, fortune and that holy grail we call 'success'.

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Belconnen Community Theatre
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Creatives Richard Block Richard Block
Director

Richard arrived on the Canberra theatre scene late in life, somewhere between his 31st and 32nd birthdays. His first show was in Phoenix Players production of Kiss Me Kate in 2006, where he "Fell in love with theatre" and since then he has appeared in dozens of shows ranging from plays to musicals to pantomimes.

In 2010 Richard began his foray into producing shows as the Production Manager for Phoenix Players Disney's double bill - Cinderella and The Aristocats. He found managing two casts of about 50 children set him up to handle adult casts like "no other text book training could ever have". In 2012 he got his first chance direct with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as part of the Phoenix Players - Phoenix Rising Program.

In 2013 he performed leading roles in Ickle Pickle's production of Oliver! playing the "suitably sinister" Bill Sikes, as Frank Butler in Queanbeyan Player's Annie Get Your Gun and as understudy for the role of Javert in Canberra Philharmonic Society's Les Miserable.

In 2013 Richard launched the StageCenta website as a resource and information hub for the theatre scene.

In 2014 Richard established Dramatic Productions to co-produce The Rokitelly Man with Ickle Pickle Productions. And then in 2015 directed and produced The Last Five Years and teaming up with the ANU School of Music Into the Woods which won 3 Canberra Area Theatre awards. In 2016 Richard directed Dramatic Productions 4th show Catch Me If You Can.

2017 saw the last production directed by Richard, Sweeney Todd. Afterwards he would exclusively produce theatre, staging Heathers the Musical in 2018 and then The Producers in 2019, starring Daryl Somers (Hey Hey Its Saturday) and directed by Rachael Beck.

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Cast Miles Thompson Miles Thompson
Jeremy
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