THE official stage adaptation of The Vicar of Dibley makes its West Australian debut at the Koorliny Arts Centre next month.
Adapted by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter from the original 1990s TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, the script spans the first two seasons with some later references thrown in.
The story follows the arrival and adventures of a new female vicar in a small English country town, finishing with the wedding of Hugo and Alice.
Kelly Salathiel is directing the show for Laughing Horse Productions.
“I loved the TV show and watched it as often as it was on television,” she said.
“I wanted to direct it on stage but, at the same time, I didn’t want to just take a couple of episodes as others have done – it’s too hard to pick!
“So I hunted around and managed to find a written script. Seven years later, it’s finally coming to the stage.”
Originally scheduled for April last year, the production had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
“When we finally got re-scheduled, I lost a couple of original cast members who couldn’t commit to the new dates so had to hunt around and find replacements,” Salathiel said.
“As hard as all that’s been, I have a wonderful cast and the show will be great.”
Becoming involved in theatre while in high school, Salathiel has never looked backed and has performed with Garrick, Phoenix and Roleystone Theatres over the past 10 years.
She started Laughing Horse Productions with her former husband in 2012 and has directed various shows that have produced winners of acting awards.
“The biggest thing I want to ensure with The Vicar of Dibley is that I’m not producing a copy of the TV show,” she said. “This is an interpretation.
“I’m trying to honour the original show and having the right cast, who understands that, helps in a big way.
“The fact the script we’re working off has never been produced in WA before means the show is already something the audience wouldn’t have previously seen.”
The Vicar of Dibley plays 7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 and 22 with 2pm matinees May 15 and 22. Tickets are $25, $23 concession – book at www.koorliny.com.au.
The Koorliny Arts Centre is at 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana.
vicar1: Karen Godfrey, left, as Geraldine Granger and Peter Neaves as David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Rochelle Hayward
vicar2: The Vicar of Dibley features Karen Godfrey, left, as Geraldine Granger and James Nailen as Owen Stewart. Picture: Rochelle Hayward
vicar3: Geraldine Granger (Karen Godfrey, left), David Horton (Peter Neaves), Alice Tinker (Suzy June Wakeling) and Hugo Horton (Callon Leam) in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Rochelle Hayward
vicar4: Geraldine Granger (Karen Godfrey, left) shocked by Alice (Suzy June Wakeling) yet again in The Vicar of Dibley. Picture: Rochelle Hayward
Laughing Horse Productions
Laughing Horse Productions Inc is an independent, not-for-profit community theatre company. Our aim is to provide creative opportunities for people around Western Australia: our core aims are to encourage the growth of local community theatre, to provide opportunities to people from all backgrounds and experiences a chance to be involved in a local event and providing an event to help engage the local community and we aim to help train and develop skills in the performing arts sector.
Laughing Horse Productions Inc (LHP) launched in 2013 with its inaugural production in July and since then has produced a handful of full length shows around Western Australia including Koorliny Arts Centre, Roleystone Theatre and Phoenix Theatre. Throughout the years LHP have also produced a variety of one act productions for various drama festivals both within Perth and the South West.
As a club we strive to uphold family values and a strong sense of community spirit. We are an inclusive club welcoming everyone to come down and join in from being on-stage or off, building sets and props or making costumes, we have something for everyone and provide support and guidance for all skill levels and interest.