A household name and also recognised in flats, John won his first Logie in 1976 playing ‘Sugar Renfrey’ in ABC TV’s Power Without Glory. In 1987, he starred as Magistrate Michael Rafferty in the acclaimed hit drama, Rafferty’s Rules, with Simon Chilvers and Arky Michaels. The show ran for four years and resulted in The Bulletin proclaiming John to be “the thinking woman’s crumpet”. From 1994 and for the next 12 years, he played Sergeant Tom Croydon in the beloved Blue Heelers. After a record 10 consecutive nominations, John finally won the Gold Logie for this iconic role in 2006. His stage career began in 1967 with a production of “Eh?” directed by none other than Max Gillies. Highlights have included Twelfth Night opposite Geoffrey Rush, directed by Neil Armfield and playing Jock in The Club for almost every state theatre company over 15 years. His recent plays include Bakersfield Mist with Julie Nihill and David Williamson’s Crunch Time in 2020. In 2018-19, John toured Australia with the comedy revue Senior Moments, also starring Benita Collings, Geoff Harvey and Max Gillies. His best selling autobiography “Clawing My Way to the Middle” was published in 2020. John once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die and is thinking of writing a song about it.
Noeline played the titular character in The Mavis Bramston Show until the censors decided that ‘main character’ would be more appropriate. A beloved star of stage and screen, Noeline first gained notice for her comedic skills in the brilliant Phillip Street Revues of the early 1960’s in Sydney. Her TV fame began when she starred in the legendary satirical smash The Mavis Bramston Show in 1964, with Gordon Chater, Barry Creyton and Carol Raye. Starting in 1976, Noeline starred in The Naked Vicar Show along with Ross Higgins and Kev Golsby. She was also everyone’s favourite panellist on Blankety Blanks with Graham Kennedy. Her film career features memorable roles in the classic Walkabout and Emma’s War. Her sixty year stage career includes Don’s Party, Cowardy Custard, Emerald City and Wallflowering. Noeline won the Norman Kessell Award for Best Performance in 2008 for her starring role as Florence Foster Jenkins in Peter Quilter’s Glorious. In 2014 Noeline starred as Maggie in the hit QTC production of Geoffrey Atherton’s Mother and Son. In 2008 Noeline was made Australia’s first Ambassador of Ageing. Her works as an author include “Longterm Memoir” and “Living the 1960’s”. Noeline is also an expert computer hacker, has already obtained your credit card details while you were reading this and booked you two seats in Row G, centre, for Mono.
A national treasure so big that he has saved several federal budgets from deficit, Max became a sensation with his brilliant performances on The Gillies Report on the ABC starting in 1983. His impression of Bob Hawke was often better than the real thing. Since his early days performing and co-creating the legendary Pram Factory in Melbourne, which included the innovative classic Dimboola, Max has appeared in productions for the MTC, STC, QTC, Malthouse and Bell Shakespeare. His starring roles include Barney in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers with Jacki Weaver and playing Rene in the stage adaptation of ‘Allo ‘Allo! In 2007 he appeared in the QTC production of Heroes, as translated by Tom Stoppard, with Barry Otto. In 2018, he gave an acclaimed solo performance in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Max starred in national tours of the comedy revue Senior Moments in 2018-19 with John Wood and also in Senior Moments 2: Remember Remember in 2020 with John Howard (the actor one) and Tony Barber. Max’s television career includes appearances in Homicide, Bluey, All Saints and House Husbands. His film career includes the Peter Weir directed feature The Cars That Ate Paris and The Coca Cola Kid. In 1969, Mr Gillies worked with Stanley Kubrick in faking the Moon Landing. (Max played “Buzz”, but has not received a single royalty payment in over 50 years, unlike Dustin Hoffman, who still gets cheques for his role as “Neil”.).