Photograph by Paul Jeffers
Return Fire Productions
27 Nov 2020

John Wood

John Wood has been a part of the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, earning him a long list of credits for varied roles on stage and screen.

His TV career was launched in 1976, playing “Sugar Renfrey” in the ABC TV Production of Power Without Glory, for which he won his first Logie as Best Supporting Actor. In the 1980’s he went on to star in the hit drama, Rafferty’s Rules as Magistrate “Michael Rafferty” which consolidated him as the well known and admired television actor he has become.

From 1994 and for the next 12 years, he played the role of “Tom Croydon” in Blue Heelers, one of Australia’s highest ever rating TV dramas. It culminated in John winning the prestigious Gold Logie in 2006, after 10 consecutive nominations as most popular person on Australian Television.

Subsequently, John has appeared in a number of shows including True Stories, It’s A Date, Paper Giants, Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring and The Cut.  He enjoyed playing “Patrick Tyneman”, the baddie everybody loved to hate in ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

His stage career has included everything from Shakespeare to Williamson and a few Musicals in between, winning a number of Best Actor awards along the way. Highlights have included The Twelfth Night opposite Geoffrey Rush, directed by Neil Armfield and playing Jock in The Club for almost every state theatre company over 15 years. More recently John has done Jekyll and Hyde with Anthony Warlow, national tours of Bakersfield Mist with his Blue Heelers castmate Julie Nihill and Senior Moments, also with Max Gillies and Benita Collings.

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Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson is a performer, author and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers. 

She came to national attention on The Big Gig, followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions, Strictly Speaking, Talking ’Bout Your Generation, Studio Ten and is a regular guest on the Today Show.

Jean has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine and The Hoopla. She is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin, You’re Still Hot To Me, published by Pan Macmillan Publishers Australia in 2014 and in 2020 Pan Macmillan published Jean’s latest book We Need To Talk About Mum (And Dad).

Her film credits include Seriously Red, Hating Alison Ashley and The Nugget. Theatre credits include Mum’s The Word, Calendar Girls, Siren, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jean guest starred in the pilot comedy ABCTV series Bleak with Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney and guest starred in their new TV series for the ABC Get Crack!N’.

She is a regular guest on ABC 702 radio drive programme, Thank God It’s Friday.

Jean was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. She is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is the Patron of Junction Works and most recently she has been appointed the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

Max Gillies

Actor, comedian and impersonator extraordinaire, Max Gillies became an instant national treasure 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.

His national theatre tours of Your Dreaming, The Big Con, Godzone and Once Were Leaders have similarly displayed his remarkable gift for satire. Max has created a variety of comic  impersonations, including Bob Hawke, Malcolm Fraser, John Howard, Bronwyn Bishop, Geoffrey Blainey, Graham Richardson and Jeff Kennett, which have been considered the highlights of many political party launches and special events.

Since his early days performing at the legendary Pram Factory in Melbourne, which included the innovative classic Dimboola, Max has appeared in a variety of serious and comic roles for theatre, including productions for the MTC, STC, QTC, Malthouse and Bell Shakespeare.

Max’s television career started back in the 70s and includes appearances in Homicide, Bluey, Blue Heelers, All Saints and House Husbands. His film career includes the Peter Weir directed feature The Cars That Ate Paris, The Coca Cola Kid and A Woman’s Tale.

In 2019, following his sold-out 2018 season, he delivered another acclaimed season of Beckett’s one man play Krapp’s Last Tape at Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre in Melbourne. He has also appeared in the comedy Senior Moments, touring nationally since 2018.