An evening of laughs, life stories, and live music is forecast for Bundaberg when revered ABC TV news weather presenter Jenny Woodward brings ‘Weathering Well’ to the rum city.
The one-woman show is a potted history of the life and times of the popular presenter, who has ‘weathered’ almost 35 years of live TV presentations with the national broadcaster, will come to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Saturday, June 19.
Combining comedy, live music, video projections and a killer script with Jenny’s natural wit and charm, Weathering Well is an 80-minute autobiographical theatre experience with a high probability of intriguing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes revelations.
As suggested by the show’s all-encompassing title, Jenny said she will not only be discussing the history of Australian weather and meteorology, but also the changing trends and styles that have been present during her three and a half decades on Australian TV.
“I’m also going to talk about hairstyles and fashion and how they’ve changed over the years and I’ve got some fairly startling photos which I am going to share,” Jenny said.
“There are a lot of ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?’ photos.
“It won’t be all about me! Australian has some really interesting weather history and there’s one particular character I’m going to spend a bit of time on, Clement Wragge, who was one of the founders of weather forecasting in Australia.”
Weathering Well is produced by Jenny’s son, Alex Woodward, and signals a return to her roots, having studied theatre at university and performing in a New South Wales theatre company before her television career took hold.
“I guess I had always felt that I hadn’t fulfilled my stage career and I got to that point in my life where I thought, if I don’t do this now, I’m never going to do it,” Jenny said.
“And of course, I didn’t have to audition for myself which was the best part!”
While the spotlight will shine on the star of the show, Jenny will be joined by Jake Bristow on keyboard for the production.
“I think having a live musician on stage will give the whole show a more theatrical edge,” she said.
“Oh, we might have a little sing at the end! It’s the kind of thing I don’t think people would expect me to do.”
For Jenny, the Weathering Well tour is almost an extension of her regular live broadcasts from regional Queensland.
“I love going out on location, particularly once I get out of the city, as I get to meet so many wonderful people and find out a bit more about their lives which are so different to mine in Brisbane,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to taking this show throughout regional Queensland and to coastal communities.”
Tickets to Weathering Well are on sale now and can be purchased via the What’s On Bundaberg website.
Tickets are $35 adults, $28 pensioners and students, $20 for 20 years and under, $26 each for a group of six or more, and $24 each for groups of 10 or more.