Armadale performer in a night of comedy

Armadale performer in a night of comedy

Former Armadale Town Hall performer Cally Zanik, left, Janet Weston, Sarah McDonald, Penelope Duff, David Young and Carolena Shaw in The Surprise Party.

Former Armadale Town Hall performer Cally Zanik is ready to tread the boards again this month.

She previously appeared at the venue with Laughing Horse Productions in Outside the Box.

Ms Zanik’s latest role is in The Surprise Party as Jane, mother-of-two and granddaughter of a man about to turn 90.

The play, written and directed by Peter Flanigan, is presented under the banner of “A Night of Comedy” – along with two other short plays – at Stirling Theatre.

In The Surprise Party, six family members, spanning four generations, all live in the same house.

The younger members plan a surprise party for Ray’s 90th birthday, despite the fact he doesn’t want a party.

More than one surprise crops up, including a COVID scare and a faulty home generator, as the story unfolds.

“My daughter Liz Flanigan is co-directing the show and my granddaughter Cassie Pemberton is stage manager and has a small role, so it’s a family affair on-stage and off,” Mr Flanigan said.

Mr Flanigan has written more than 50 plays which have been staged across WA in the past five decades.

One of the two other plays included in “A Night Of Comedy” is The Local, written and directed by Siobhan Wright.

It’s is a black comedy set in a small Dublin pub full of regulars who drink there every night. One night a stranger enters and the regulars discover he has more in common with them than they realise.

The End of the Beginning, written by Seán O’Casey, and directed by Joe Teakle, is the third play of the night.

It looks at the lives of two bumbling Irish farmhands who try to complete housework – with various degrees of difficulty.

“A Night of Comedy” plays at 7.30pm February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 with a 2pm matinee on February 11. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book at

Stirling Theatre is at 25 Morris Place, Innaloo.