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Nicholas Canny

NICHOLAS CANNY

  (1951 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Trained as an actor at the Ensemble Theatre during the 1970's under the much feared and revered tutelage of Sydney stage icon, Hayes Gordon. Worked as a professional actor on stage and screen before a misguided religious conversion saw Mr Canny take a twenty five year hiatus from his art and industry. Returned in the early noughties via Northern Rivers (NSW) community theatre as actor, director and president of the Murwillumbah Theatre Company (2003-2004). In 2005, formed Uncanny Productions to write and produce two act stage plays. The Wizard of Woz (children's musical) and The Road to Victory (adult comedy drama) were both first performed locally in 2005. Holy Flypaper! - Musical theatre with an all youth cast - premiered in 2006, and was filmed and edited into a broadcast-standard telemovie in 2008. Mr Canny now concentrates solely on writing for the stage and screen.

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below is a list of Nicholas Canny's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Holy Flypaper!         Road To Victory, The         Wizard Of Woz



Holy Flypaper!

Synopsis:
Johnny Dobbin is a smug and troubled 13 year old boy who dreams of being ten years older so he can become a super hero and save the world. From watching a raucous ad on television, Johnny gets drawn to Barfinkle's Laboratory who are currently offering their customers an age alteration process, up or down. But in fear of Johnny's tough talking gangster father, brilliant but mad Barfinkle blasts Johnny and his age-altered girlfriend, Crystal Coo, off into outer space where they land on Sha Mup Sha Mup - the planet of old songs. In this barren and cosmologically doomed world, Johnny and Crystal are given a timely warning about how planet earth's fate seems set to go the same way.

Notes:
Performances were filmed, And in 2008, Flypaper! evolved into A 94 minutes telemovie

1st Produced:
Tweed Heads Civic Centre    Jul 2006

Organisations:
Uncanny Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical theatre 95 min

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  8            Other:  1 anamatroid

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Road To Victory, The

Synopsis:
In the desolate outback of Australia, things have been tough for Joe Newell at the run down Victory Hotel. His Father and its popular publican, Mervyn, passed away recently. then to make things worse, a new freeway recently bypassed the place, taking with it most of the walk in and/or drive through trade. Young Joe, his still grieving old Mum and what is left of their rather dysfunctional regulars, must come up with a way of saving this tiny community's only watering hole. all they need is a miracle really, with one arriving in the unlikely shape of a suicidal, alcoholic university professor on his way out to never-never land to blow his brains out in peace.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Murwillumbah Civic Centre    Oct 2005

Organisations:
Uncanny Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
adult Comedy Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Wizard Of Woz

Synopsis:
Kimberley Clarke's little brother has run away from home and she believes it is all her fault. after being knocked unconscious in the struggle to keep him at home, the mysterious and mercurial Wizard of Wozzumlin Mountain appears to teenaged Kimberley in a subconscious vision. He tells her that, if she wants to get her brother back, she must undertake a difficult and dangerous trek to the top of his mountain herself. "there you will find your brother and yourself - on the other side of you". Kimberley takes up the challenge and on her action filled journey to the top encounters weird aussie bush creatures like witty Wallaby the Wannabe, helpful Ma and Pa Possum, flirtatious Banksia Boy plus a trio of wicked teenaged Cane Toad Sisters from hell.

Notes:
Music by Phil eizenberg

1st Produced:
Murwillumbah Civic Centre    Apr 2005

Organisations:
Wollumbin Ozone Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical theatre

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  12            Other:  -

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