An interesting Villian
Maleny Singers Presents

Dick Deadeye is the villain in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” - but he is an interesting character as well. In Gilbert’s script, Dick has all the trademarks of a pantomime baddy – he’s ugly, hunchbacked, and tattles about his messmates to authority. However he is a realist, and tells things how they are, not how the elite would like them depicted, in this elaborate Victorian spoof on the Royal Navy.

Eddy Wier, a member of Maleny singers for 6 years, and Treasurer since 2015, gets to play this pivotal part in their upcoming production in June. Eddy has sung in the chorus of “Patience” and “The Merry Widow” and small roles in other musicals. He had been a member of various “am­dram” groups in the UK doing all sorts of roles, but very little singing. He is also a Member of the Maleny Players, acting in reviews and pantomimes.

The part of Dick Deadeye requires considerable singing against the chorus and his music is not easy.

Eddy says “ I have no formal singing training, all I have learnt is due to Maleny Singers and Margaret Taylor“. Dick is constantly onstage, constantly at odds with the rest of the common sailors.

They have been brought to think of themselves idealistically as ‘‘any man’s equal“ ; when Dick reminds them that they are “the lowest slaves who crawl the water“, they react badly. Dick is protected only by the strong arm of the bosun (bass Ian McMaster ) at this point.

Unrepentant, Dick rats out his crewmate, Rafe Rackstraw (tenor Colin Dunn) to their Captain Corcorran (baritone Tony Glazebrook), reporting the dire news that the Captain’s daughter Josephine ( soprano Evalee Sharples ) is planning to elope with Rafe.

The Captain vows to “talk to Master Rackstraw in the morning – sing hey the cat o‘ ninetails and the tar“ – meaning a flogging. This promotes confrontation, much spirited singing, a typical G & S revelation, and a change of fortunes to where love triumphs, and everybody (except Dick Deadeye ) is happy at the end.

You can see Eddy with the Singers at Maleny Community Centre, commencing on Friday 24 June with an evening performance at 6.30pm.

Matinees will be held on Saturday, 25 June at 2.00pm and Sunday at 400pm. Tickets: Adult $30 | Concessions $27.50 | Primary school children $15 and can be booked by phoning the Maleny Visitor Centre on 5499 9033.

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