Behind the Scenes: Noel O'Neill's "Last Bus to Contrition"

October 4, 2015




"Last Bus to Contrition"
Written by Noel O'Neill
Directed by Valerie Dragojevic

“......The village idiot turns out to be a genius. There’s hope for me yet...”

“....Oh God I’d love to tell the truth, if I had the nerve. That would kill the bastards awright......”



Noel O'Neill - Playwright

Valerie Dragojevic - Director


Notwithstanding this is only Adrian’s second time on stage in Perth, he comes to us after winning the “Best Actor” award in the 2015 Dramafest, an award contested by nearly 100 actors from over 16 plays.  This follows on from his “Best Actor” award while in Ireland in “Ernie’s Incredible Hallucinations” playing “Ernie’s” mum in dress, wig, and the rest.  His award winning role as Tony in “Voices in the Rubble” was no less bizarre.  Adrian says of his acting experiences so far that acting, “ you such confidence and you get to meet new people and work closely as a group to create and achieve something. What more could you want?!”


Although a late starter into acting, Sean also has experience in light and sound operation and design as well as writing and directing a few One Act plays.  Having been working in the background for a couple of years, Sean is excited to be getting back on stage.  Sean directed an award winning Irish Theatre Players production of “Stay Carl Stay” which involved a dog that is having a unconventional relationship with a very needy female owner!


It’s the first time on the Irish stage in Perth for Caoimhe Lynch as she makes her debut with the Irish Theatre Players. Caoimhe is a professional Nurse in real life and has been in Australia only for a little under 12 months.  Before leaving for Australia Caoimhe had stage experience in Ireland in the play “Philadelphia Here I Come”.


Sandi has a first class honors in performance from the National University of Ireland and has successfully completed Bronze and Silver Shakespeare Certificates from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Whilst studying Advance Theatre Practice at the Gaiety School of Acting, Sandi performed in Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, The Happy Prince (adaptation by Sandi Buckley) and Nigh town. Sandi performed on the Cottesloe Stage at the National Theatre London as part of Kildare Youth Theatre’s production of Scenes from Family Life where she received critical acclaim. Other Kildare Youth Theatre productions included Pride and Prejudice and A Vampire Story. This is Sandi’s return to stage after a long 5 year sabbatical where she focused on play writing, theatre production, (the recent very successful “Allegiance”) event management, publicity and screen acting. TV Credits include: Bad Hair Day ECU, Yagan ABC, Come Together Perth City.

Shannon Arten makes her debut on the Irish stage in Perth, but has stage experience from Dublin in several plays including Oklahoma, the Wizard of Oz and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  Shannon is an accomplished and award winning ballroom and Latin dancer having several times been the All Ireland Dancing Champion. She has been Perth for over 6 years now and is more used to being behind the scenes backstage doing makeup these days. She teaches Advanced Makeup & the Diploma of Specialist makeup Services at the WA Academy.



JOHN SPURLING - Production Manager
After starring in one play many years ago, John moved backstage to the bio box and has been the technician for many plays over the last 15 years mostly with the ITP but also at other theatres.

First time as Stage Manager for Sofie, a student in Performance Studies at Curtin University. Sofie is now a veteran of several ITP plays including “Lovers” and “Over the Top”. She has considerable prior experience with The Midnight Youth Theatre Company and is an accomplished solo singer in the jazz style, performing recently at the Fremantle Festival.

LIZ QUIGLEY – Wardrobe Director
Liz works full time and is studying Creative Writing at Curtin University.  Formerly a native of Greater Manchester in the UK, Liz, not too many years back, was a member of Octagon Youth Theatre in Bolton. Liz has been Wardrobe Manager for several plays and recently had an on stage starring role as the Virgin Mary in “Hail Mary” at the Old Mill Theatre.