For today’s Wednesday literature excerpt we take a look at an Australian theater script which was written 33 years ago. What makes today’s post slightly offbeat is I played the original protagonist of this oddball play The Golden Touch which satirizes the mythical Greek Midas Touch story. It was invented by two fellow Aussie cohorts – father and son team Ron and Toby Blanchard.
You see, Toby and I were in the same drama class at school and he and his father wrote this outrageous script. Toby’s Dad, Ron Blanchard was an Australian stage, television and film actor who played Alexander Bunyip in the long running ABC children series about this mythical billabong Australian creature. Also Toby appeared as a young child actor in the Australian cult classic ‘Careful he might hear you‘, which stars Wendy Hughes.
So when I received the script as a 13 year old actor aficionado in drama class to debut the play, well what can I say – I was gobsmacked. I played the role of Midas to the best of my abilities and got some laughs here and there, but Toby Blanchard as ‘Bacchus’ brought the house down. I mean he could really do ‘drunk’ as a 13 year old. My god was he a talented so and so. If memory serves me correct Toby got his inspiration from Dudley Moore’s performance in Arthur for his part.
So below are the first 3 pages of The Golden Touch. I hope you get a giggle from it. I kept a copy of the original script for memory sake. I always wondered if it was performed again since Toby spent just one year at our school.