‘Redneck Greenie’ takes a candid peek into the real-life journey of farm boy, mine worker, tyre fitter, musician, actor, comedian, activist and Greens candidate for the NT Federal seat of Lingiari – Rob Hoad.
Blending cabaret, stand-up comedy, impro and storytelling, this one-man show seamlessly jumps between four characters: Zigmund Fraud – a pseudo-psycho-analyst and voiceover host who loves to share his theories; Red Neck – a rural Aussie ‘bogan’ who loves shooting, fishing, drinking and hates ‘Greenies’; Green Knee – a devotee of Mother Earth, idealist, pacifist, hopeful for the future; and Rob – part Red Neck, part Green Knee, the Candidate and doer of stupid things. This is Brechtian cabaret, Aussie-style.
‘Redneck Greenie’ explores two common Australian social viewpoints that might appear diametrically opposed, but that we see are, in fact, facets of the one bloke as he navigates his personal inner conflict, often in ridiculously funny ways. Adventure, conflict and intrigue are explored through a theatrical recounting of real events from the central character’s life. This is a true story. Several stories, in fact.
Each show is different as the audience helps steer the plot toward a ‘happily ever after’ or a potentially disastrous ending. Beware the unexpected twist!
Rob Hoad studied Theatre Arts in Adelaide with Off-Broadway, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe founder Frank Ford. Rob moved to Darwin in 1990 and has been an eclectic freelance performing artist and educator throughout the NT ever since. From actor with Darwin Theatre Company and Brown’s Mart Theatre to stilt-walking clown, international street performer, director of ‘Darwin versus Matilda’, award-winning comedian, poet and short filmmaker as well as songwriter and the notorious ‘Barry Brown’ in ‘Barry Brown and the GetDown’, Rob’s bold adaptability makes him ‘ready for anything’, including touring Europe with shows in Edinburgh Fringe as part of the madcap ‘Alice Springs Desert Patrol’. He grew up on a farm where “if there’s a job to be done, you just get stuck in and go for it!” Rob applies this formula to the performing arts and life in general.