Director – Harold Barton
Musical Director – Jenny McIlroy
THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE tells the story of Bill (the Bloke) and his love for Doreen, his ideal girl, who works in the pickle factory. The audience comes to identify with Bill as a quintessential Australian character, as he battles with the travails of daily life, plucks up the courage to attract Doreen’s attention, deals with her relations, challenges the Melbourne Cup and reflects on life with his best mate Ginger Mick. Ultimately, the Bloke triumphs over the odds, memorably expressed in the classic language of CJ Dennis as adapted by Arlen, Brown and Thomson, with Arlen’s music creating the appropriate mood throughout.