Colin Friels to hit HOTA stage in brilliant one-man show

Critically acclaimed Australian actor, Colin Friels, will star in British playwright Justin Butcher’s extraordinary one-man play, Scaramouche Jones, at HOTA from 30 October to 2 November.

Scaramouche Jones is the tale of an ancient clown who, after his last performance at 11pm on Millennium Eve, retires to his dressing room to wait alone for the stroke of midnight and his own centenary.

Audiences will watch as Scaramouche Jones reflects on the extraordinary fortunes of his life that span the furthest reaches of crumbling empires and the darkest episodes of the 20th century.


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HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she is excited to be presenting such great Australian theatre.

“This is what live theatre is all about for me – superb storytelling in the hands of an incredible actor,” said Criena.

“As the extraordinary tale unfolds, you’ll find yourself actually in the circus with Scaramouche, witnessing every emotion and expression up close.”

Star of the one man show, Colin Friels, is known for his award-winning work in theatre, television and film and has received many accolades including a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor.

“We are thrilled to welcome Colin to HOTA and to give audiences the opportunity to see him perform as we’ve never seen him before,” Criena said.

Audiences can also join Colin in a special high tea event on Friday 1 November. Colin will share stories from his incredible career on stage and screen; accompanied by sparkling wine and gourmet treats.

Scaramouche Jones will take place indoors at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm
Thursday 31 October, 2pm
Friday 1 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 2 November, 2pm & 7.30pm

For more information, visit the HOTA website: hota.com.au/theatre/scaramouche-jones/

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