Curtain Call | Bakersfield Mist a ‘cracking two hander’

Familiar “Blue Heeler” John Wood on our stage

Beloved Australian stage and screen legend John Wood is headed for the Mid North Coast to make his mark upon the stage of the Manning Entertainment Centre in the acclaimed play “Bakersfield Mist”. 

It’s a cracking two hander co-starring his long time “Blue Heelers” colleague, Julie Nihill. 

John Wood has been a part of the Australian entertainment industry for more than 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 ABCTV Production of “Power Without Glory”, for which he won his first Logie as Best Supporting Actor.

In the 1980s he went on to star in the hit drama, “Rafferty’s Rules” as magistrate Michael Rafferty.

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 “It’s a Date”, “Paper Giants”, “Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries”, “Offspring”, “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” and “The Cut”.  

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 “Twelfth Night” opposite Geoffrey Rush.

“Bakersfield Mist” asks the question: “Is the true value of art is in the eyes of the beholder?” Maude (Julie Nihill), 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 worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), flies over 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.

Based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is a comedy set in the present day, which, according to the LA Times is “A wry two hander that handles highbrow artistic issues while zinging in plenty of uproarious one-liners. A perfect marriage of emotions and ideas that is rare indeed.”  

Don’t miss this gem at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Saturday July 22 at 7.30pm. 

Bookings at theMEC.com.au. 6592 5466 or Stockland Forster.