• Peter Andersson and Juliana Maher

    Peter Andersson and Juliana Maher

  • Cecilia Specht and David Ross Pateerson

    Cecilia Specht and David Ross Pateerson

  • Peter Taft with Anne and Colin Elder

    Peter Taft with Anne and Colin Elder

  • Sheryl Harris and Jill Harris

    Sheryl Harris and Jill Harris

  • Dunja Cvjeticanin and John Lombard

    Dunja Cvjeticanin and John Lombard

  • Justine Denton and Phil Southam

    Justine Denton and Phil Southam

  • Glenn and Sylvie Carter

    Glenn and Sylvie Carter

  • Lucy Birmingham and Ian McLean

    Lucy Birmingham and Ian McLean

  • Es and Daniel Fulton with Stephen Pike

    Es and Daniel Fulton with Stephen Pike

  • Coralie Wood and her sister Lorice Fredman

    Coralie Wood and her sister Lorice Fredman

Reserved Seating Only @ Q Theatre

4 September 2015

I couldn’t sit still long enough to make having reserved seats at the footy value for money. I’m easily bored by the carry on in the bleachers and on the field. Let alone at the cricket where sipping a gin and tonic is the only way to make it bearable when nothing much happens most of the time. But I’ve been there, and survived to know just enough about what the little two hander play Reserved Seating Only is all about.

It features husband and wife actors David Ross Paterson and Cecelia Specht. He’s playing a footy tragic of the kind that goes to every game and she’s a football widow recently divorced who scored a reserved seat in the settlement. And yes the two get to sit next to each other with of course the footy tragic as the master and the divorcee getting the benefit of his mastery.

It says a lot about football for those who are not entirely enamoured of the spectacle; the nuances, the routines and rules of sitting with the special people in the reserved seats and you know where it’s going without knowing all the rules. But the rules of engagement for this unlikely couple make for a fun little bit of theatre to take your mind off a game that makes you sit with a bunch of supposedly like minded fans to watch blokes in their footy finery, flexing, running, kicking and all the other stuff that gives it colour and movement when you realise the play is almost as long as a game and you got caught up in it without noticing.