Plasterer by day, performer by night: Dawesville tradie stars in new show

Plasterer by day, star of the stage by night.

Dawesville tradie Chris Kennedy is set to take audiences by storm when he performs in his latest show ‘Lady Willpower’.

Kennedy will play a lawyer dealing with the will of Lady Catherine Cadwalladr, who leaves behind a £30 million estate.

Lady Cadwalladr led an unusual life and intends to make her last days equally unusual by re-writing her will.

This causes animosity among her spiteful middle-aged children who think they are going to get an equal share of the estate – until they discover their mother has certain conditions.

The three siblings begin to battle over the money, with Kennedy’s character responsible for ensuring the will follows Lady Cadwalladr’s wishes.

“It’s a supporting role and I have to play it straight down the line, given the others around me are such larger-than-life characters,” he said.

“Often the challenge is keeping a straight face, which can be difficult when you’re playing in a comedy.”

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Kennedy dove headfirst into auditions after taking acting classes in 2017.

Since then, he has appeared in ‘Allo Allo!’, ‘Fairytale of Sorts’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ for Stirling and Limelight Theatres and Life on Hold Productions.

Kennedy said he instantly fell in love with being on stage.

“I was keen to keep treading the boards so whenever I see or hear of an opportunity to be on stage, I jump at it,” he said.

Written and directed by Bob Charteris, ‘Lady Willpower’ has been described as a “gentle comedy of bad manners and deceit”.

Charteris said his inspiration for Lady Willpower came from real-life events.

“I’ve always been fascinated by media reports of families fighting over wills so I thought it would make an ideal subject for a comedy,” he said.

The show will perform alongside ‘The Greening of Grace’ on the same playbill, under the banner of ‘Grace and Willpower’ at the Stirling Theatre from February 8-23.

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