Who's performed this show?
Caulfield Theatre Company Vic La Mama Melbourne Vic Mt Gambier Theatre group SA Sterling Players SA
Gilgerie is a country town which is dying after being bypassed by a new highway and losing its fertiliser factory. Even worse, the Gilgerie Roosters have not won a premiership for 27 years. It now needs to win "the flag" to restore some pride to a community on its knees.
The key to the grand plan is the signing, as Captain-Coach, of AFL legend Shark Bateman, a larger than life character, who brings with him as many problems as he solves.
No Time On is more about human frailties and life in general than it is about football. But those of us who have had anything to do with footy in bush clubs will recognise the characters presented in the play. You'll laugh and you'll cry as fiction becomes entwined with reality.
The plot is riveting and we must wait until the very end to discover whether Shark and Gilgerie have what it takes.
The play is very funny, but there is an underlying sadness, as the various insecurities of the characters are exposed. Time is running out for both Gilgerie and Shark. As Barbie, Shark's long suffering wife, exclaims: "You are kicking against the wind and there's no time on."
The play also mirrors the predicament of many country towns who boldly cling to their footy team as their only source of identity. No Time On is a superb play which has been staged in Melbourne and Geelong as well as in country centres.
No Time On runs for 90 minutes and features eight great characters. Grab it now before the siren sounds.
Your team can't lose.
No Time On has proven a runaway success in its numerous productions. The reviews tell the story:
"A cross between 'The Club' and 'Dimboola' " - Mary Lou Jelbart ABC Radio 3LO
"The puzzling thing is that Forsyth's play mixes art and life to the extent that one forgets which is imitating which". - Simon Mann The Age
"Jealousy, gossip, infidelity, frustration, love, hate, booze, inflamed tempers spilling over into violence, unfilled potential, ego, emotional and physical pain. ...It's all there in a production that grips the attention from first to last bounce" - Bob Crimeen Sunday Herald-Sun
"It delves into the intrigues and loyalties that take place off the field to make football more than just a game" - Peter Weiniger The Age
"Profoundly revealing and very — funny Contains the real heart and soul of Australia" - Fiona Scott-Norman Inpress
"We may or may not become a republic, but we can, and should foster the good things that make Australia unique in this world. No Time On has that grass roots appeal which is the essence of those good things" - Ron Barrassi AFL Legend
"One of the most enjoyable nights out I've had in a long time!" - Malcolm Blight Former coach, Adelaide Crows