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EVENT: Perfecting My Nature Strip
VENUE: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
51 Grey St, St Kilda
Saturday 6th October
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
FULL – $20:00 CONCESSION – $15:00


Bill Garner and Sue Gore have co-written several critically acclaimed plays: Perfecting My Nature Strip (short-listed for the Premier’s Prize; short-listed for AWGIE), The Ishmael Club (six Green Room nominations), The Terms and Grammar of Creation (Green Room Award for Best Independent Production), The Bull-Ant, Billy Maloney, and The Future Australian Race.

Bill’s play Cake—An Acland Street Comedy, was the first play produced at Theatreworks, St Kilda. Sunday Lunch was produced by the MTC. His script for the ABC TV mini-series One Summer Again won an AWGIE for Best Original Work for Television. He was Head Writer on Blue Heelers. He has also written for radio and is the author of Born in a Tent, the history of camping in Australia.


Bill Garner site

Bill was a founding member of the legendary Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory in Carlton, where he appeared in more than fifty shows. As a TV actor shows he appeared in included Division 4, Bluey, The Sullivans, and Prisoner, and he had a leading role in the ABC hit Power Without Glory.


Cliff Ellen 1

Cliff Ellen (born 22 March 1936, in Melbourne) is an Australian actor who played a prominent guest role on soap opera Neighbours as Charlie Cassidy. His first role was in Homicide. His credits include Crackerjack,[1]Garbo, and Phar Lap. A theatre actor of many years, Ellen played the role of Gaston in the Australian touring production of Steve Martin‘s Picasso at the Lapin Agile as well as Hannie Rayson‘s Inheritance.[2] He also appeared in the 2006 Australian film BoyTown. Ellen writes a column for a local newspaper based on the Mornington Peninsula.

"The comedy of 1989!" - Melbourne Times

Cliff Ellen and Bill Garner
Cliff Ellen and Bill Garner

by Bill Garner and Sue Gore

Perfecting My Nature Strip is a great suburban comedy.

Wielding edgers, clippers and other garden weapons, Ray, a droll long term resident, and Charles, a yuppie with a heart, do hilarious battle on their adjoining nature strips.

This play touches lightly upon a range of contemporary issues – From dog control to traffic bumps to the clash of moral and social values in the changing neighbourhood.

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“The comedy of 1989…a winner. It is wonderful and appealing strip of human nature, full of whimsical puns and metaphysical conceits” – Chris Boyd
Melbourne Times

“The script is as neat and controlled as the strip of imitation grass over which the two men run their clippers and their mowers with quasi religious fervour…calculated to strike a common chord with audiences.”
Len Radic
The Age

“Urban satire at its best…achingly funny.”
Geoff Milne
Melbourne Herald

“A thoroughly enjoyable light comedy.”
Helen Thomson
Sunday Herald

Two neighbours duel as gentrification grips St Kilda
Short-listed for Premiers Prize for Drama 1990
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