For the Sinclair family, the cut-throat world of greyhound racing is a religion. And their beloved dog, ‘Boy Named Sue’, is more than a greyhound, he’s their heart and soul on four legs. With a crucial race, the Winnebago Classic on the horizon, Cess Sinclair has one shot at reversing his family’s fortunes for good.
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The Dapto Chaser
by Mary Rachel-Brown
For the Sinclair family, the world of greyhound racing is a more a religion than a sport. And their beloved dog Boy Named Sue is more than a greyhound; he’s their heart and soul on four legs. With the crucial Winnebago Classic on the horizon, Cess Sinclair has one shot at reversing his family’s fortunes for good. Against all the odds, he’s betting on a miracle.
The Dapto Chaser is warts-and-all Australian comedy that gets its hands dirty with the adrenaline, sweat and guts of the dog racing sub-culture. The Sinclairs are a family trapped in the pressure cooker of gambling addiction and when things don’t go to plan, they are forced to gamble the most important commodity of all – their relationship to each other.
Playwright Mary Rachel Brown wrote The Dapto Chaser perched in the bleachers track-side, while director Glynn Nicholas will be going on an all-schnitzel diet to get it over the line.
Warning: This production contains dogs, bitches, mongrels, drugs, cheating, lying, winning, losing and masses of family dysfunction.
From An Apocalypse Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre co-production
Playwright Mary Rachel Brown
Director Glynn Nicholas
Cast Danny Adcock, Noel Hodda, Jamie Oxenbould, Richard Sydenham
A luscious mix of ingredients that make a spicy, unexpected, twisting, turning narrative. The four characters are richly fashioned and the actors grab them with both hands and make the most of them.
Directed by Glynn Nicholas, who has a sure touch with the comedy, and it has a good cast adept at finding the moments where hope turns to despair and then back again.
Like a canine on cocaine, The Dapto Chaser is a get up and go show. Run to see it.
All in all, The Dapto Chaser is funny, rude, illuminating and a fine play that’s meaningful and extremely entertaining. Not to be missed.