You’re forgiven if the name of actor, comedian and raconteur Arthur Kwick doesn’t exactly ring any bells. Despite an unexpectedly notable performance at the Tivoli Theatre in 1969, his career ever since has seen him take any role that has come his way…
…even if that’s meant hosting off-the-wall stag nights or working as an all-weather clown at children’s parties. Now he has another job, a job that’ll test his mettle, question his core beliefs and could well be the most challenging of his life.
Written and performed by Reg Livermore, THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED is an engaging, hilarious, and ultimately very moving solo play showcasing Reg’s singular comic talent. Reg was one of the founding members of Ensemble Theatre and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him tread the boards for our 60th anniversary.
“You watch a performer of this calibre ratchet up the excitement level to such a pitch, each night, and keep it there, and it sets a standard you measure things against forever.” Sydney Morning Herald for THE THANK YOU DINNER
“It is an extraordinary privilege to see one of his performances and a mystery why he does not do more of them.” The Australian for THE THANK YOU DINNER
Cast & Creatives
Mark is the Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre.
For Ensemble’s 2018 season Mark will be directing SHIRLEY VALENTINE, REG LIVERMORE’S THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED OR AN ACTOR DEPLOYS and THE NORMAN CONQUESTS TRILOGY.
Recent directing credits include: NEVILLE’S ISLAND, TWO, ODD MAN OUT, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, BETRAYAL, GOOD PEOPLE, MY ZINC BED, EDUCATING RITA, ABSENT FRIENDS, OTHER DESERT CITIES, THE ANZAC PROJECT, RICHARD III, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, FRANKENSTEIN, MANAGING CARMEN, RED, THE SPEAR CARRIER and HAMLET.
Mark’s recent acting credits include: Frank in EDUCATING RITA, Richard in RICHARD III, Hamlet in HAMLET, Otto in THE ACT, Angus in THE DRAWER BOY and Serge in ART.
Mark’s recent plays and adaptations include; RICHARD III (with Patrick Dickson), HAMLET (with John Trutwin), THE BIG DRY (based on the novel by Tony Davis), CASANOVA (based on the TV series by Russell T Davis), DIARY OF AN OLYMPIC CABBIE (Based on the book by Anthony Sharwood), MERCY THIEVES; HAPPY AS LARRY & VIV and ONE SHOT.
Mark is the recipient of two Norman Kessell Memorial Awards for an Outstanding Performance by an Actor for his roles in HAMLET and JAPES and was awarded the 2006 Hayes Gordon Memorial Award for Important Contribution to Theatre.
Playwright | Cast - Arthur Kwick
Spanning sixty years his theatrical career on stage and in television includes achievements as actor, author, director and designer. In 1958 Reg became a founding member of the Ensemble Theatre; during its 60th Anniversary 2018 Subscription Season Ensemble is staging Reg’s most recently written THE WIDOW UNPLUGGED OR AN ACTOR DEPLOYS having previously presented his WISH YOU WERE HERE, RED RIDING HOOD THE SPEED HUMP AND THE WOLF, and THE THANK YOU DINNER AT THE THEATRE.
As a performer he is remembered for show stopping appearances in HAIR and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, as the original Dr Frank’n’furter in the Australian production of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, and for his bravura performance in the musical BARNUM. Following the major successes of BETTY BLOKK BUSTER FOLLIES and WONDER WOMAN during the 1970’s, his series of ground-breaking one man shows propelled him to the forefront of Australian popular theatre.
In 2005/06 he starred as Max Bialystock in the new Mel Brooks Musical THE PRODUCERS, performed for Opera Australia in numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operas, played Henry Higgins in their 2008 presentation of MY FAIR LADY, and most recently scored as Alfred Doolittle in the Julie Andrews 60th Anniversary production of this most celebrated musical.
Reg received an AO in 1996, published his autobiography CHAPTERS AND CHANCES in 2004, received the Sydney Critics Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and a Helpmann Award the same year for his performance in WICKED.