Babbling Trillbillys set to hit the road
MOST of us would be familiar with the work of The Wiggles, High Five and Peter Combe - but who ever bothered to think about the entertainment needs of those who've made it to the opposite end of life's journey?
Ipswich duo The Babbling Trillbillys certainly had this in mind when they decided to take their unique brand of music and comedy on the road.
Vocalist Joy Winnel and actor-comedienne Janet Findlay had already made a name for themselves by playing various retirement villages, respite centres and even private parties, but were asked to embark on a series of four shows at Ipswich's Studio 188 after getting themselves noticed by one of the city's talent scouts.
Ms Findlay said she and Ms Winnel hoped to show their target audience that there was no point worrying about getting old.
"We are part of that demographic ourselves and are encountering all those issues as we age," she said.
"Some of the aspects of aging are comic and some are challenging, but what we didn't want to do was to put patronising rubbish out there - we insist on being ourselves."
Their one-hour show, Better Late Than Never, captures this positive attitude towards ageing in a lively musical revue combining familiar songs and outrageous comedy.
Ms Winnel brings her own flavour to classic songs, while Ms Findlay looks after the comedy side, channelling a hilarious love triangle scenario throughout the show.
Shows are scheduled for July 5, 12 and 26 and August 2 at Studio 188, Brisbane St, Ipswich.
All four shows will start at 11am.
Tickets are $10 and are available by phoning the Civic Centre box office on 3810 6100.