Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 to Saturday, 2 June 2018

Based on a true story, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is a new play by Adelaide writer and filmmaker Matt Hawkins.

Set in Adelaide and Nigeria and based on real events, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is the story of retired engineer Frank who, after his kids flee the nest, has nothing else to look forward to but the opportunity to sort out the tools in his shed. In a desperate attempt to get him to connect with society his daughter, Tracy, buys him a computer and an internet connection. Via random emails he encounters would-be Nollywood filmmaker, Ishaku, whose indefatigable optimism draws him into a world of comforting delusions. After the spur of the moment decision to invest in Ishaku’s next movie, Frank takes the desperate measure of flying to Lagos to get his money back.

Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is presented by South Australian Playwrights Theatre, a new company dedicated to production of home grown theatrical work. Our aim is to inspire local writers and performing artists to create their own stories to enrich the performance culture of this state.

...this is a genuinely funny play... A great show...An entertaining and funny story that deserves to be told..
Michael Coghlan...The
It's a tremendous night out, with a sharp and witty script... Every now and then, a brilliant actor emerges...Such is the case with Stephen Tongun.   
John Ovenden ....Hills Magazine
Deftly played, and directed by the writer with a light touch, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is a delight...
Peter Burdon.. The Advertiser
Matt Hawkins brings mature insight and a perceptive eye to his multi-dimensional story. He also regularly manages to make us laugh – sometimes uproariously! Can a piece of theatre cross cultures and manage to entertain audiences all along the demographical spectrum? Can it do so by combining elements of serious drama and character detail with almost-farcical comedy? This one certainly can.
Anthony Vawser...Stage Whispers


Adults $28, Conc $23, Cheap Tuesday $20, Preview $20, Flinders Uni Students and Staff $20, High School Students $18
90 minutes plus an interval

Featuring: Stephen Tongun, Kimberley Fox, Sheila Ablakwa and Brendan Cooney
Directed by: Matt Hawkins
Lighting by: Stephen Dean

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Opening night: 
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Friday, 25 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 26 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Friday, 1 June 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 6:00pm

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