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TV stars shine in Bakersfield Mist at the Whitehorse Centre

10 Aug 2017

Many people dream of buying an old treasure at a charity store for a few dollars and discovering it is actually the work of a brilliant artist and worth millions.

Whitehorse Councillor Sharon Ellis said this dream was at the core of the Whitehorse Centre’s play Bakersfield Mist, next month.

“Starring the very recognisable and talented TV and stage performers John Wood and Julie Nihill and based on a true story, this is a charming, funny work that asks, ‘is the true value of art in the eyes of the beholder?’,” Cr Ellis said.

In this sophisticated and clever comedy by Stephen Sachs, Maude, an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an op shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock and worth millions.  In fact she’s certain it is.

But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

Bakersfield Mist

When: Friday 1 September at 8pm (with post-show Q and A) and Saturday September 2 at 2pm and 8pm
Where: Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading (behind the Civic Centre)
Bookings and more details: Box Office Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pm, phone 9262 6555 or visit www.whitehorsecentre.com.au

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