True value in the eye of the beholder

June 15, 2017

John Wood and Julie Nihill star in Bakersfield at the Westside Performing Arts Centre.

Australian actors John Wood and Julie Nihill have traded the screen for the stage to be in comedy play Bakersfield Mist, which is being performed at Mooroopna’s Riverlinks Westside Performing Arts Centre at 7.30pm tonight.

Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few dollars from an opportunity shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions.

In fact, she’s certain of it.

But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (John Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a comedy set in the present day.

The play leaves the audience asking the question, ‘‘Is the true value of art in the eyes of the beholder?’’

Riverlinks, Tasmanian Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions, in association with The Karralyka Centre, are bringing the performance to Mooroopna.

The audience is warned the production contains some strong language.

Tickets are $25 for concession and full price $27.

They can be purchased from the Riverlinks Box Office by phoning 58329511.

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