Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble produces Secret Bridesmaids Business at Casula Powerhouse

First production: Actor Michael Lundberg is taking on the role of James in the play 'Secret Bridesmaids' Business' at Casula Powerhouse. Pictures: Anna Warr

First production: Actor Michael Lundberg is taking on the role of James in the play 'Secret Bridesmaids' Business' at Casula Powerhouse. Pictures: Anna Warr

There are plenty of secrets in the upcoming production Secret Bridesmaids’ Business – including a big one from the fiance. 

Bonnyrigg actor Michael Lundberg is taking on the role of James the cheating fiance in a new production of Elizabeth Coleman’s classic Australian comedy play Secret Bridesmaids’ Business at the Casula Powerhouse.

“One of the bridesmaids tells the bride the night before the wedding [that James is cheating on her], and she doesn’t want to believe it,” Mr Lundberg said.

“The thing about my character, he’s a lawyer, he’s very successful and he’s very honest … he didn’t want to lie to her.

“Then the truth comes out and he’s honest and admits he’ll never do it again.”

It’s Mr Lundberg’s first production with the Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble. Not only is he the only male character in the play, he’s working with a cast of creatives that he has never worked with before – a challenge that he’s enjoying.

“This is my first time working with everyone at Liverpool, they’re a great bunch of people,” Mr Lundberg said.

“A lot of them have done a lot of productions, so everyone feeds off each other’s experience, it’s really great.”

Mr Lundberg only decided to pursue acting seriously in 2012, going to college and studying short courses, and now working with a voice coach to develop his singing voice.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was young … I’ve always been fascinated [by acting] and growing up watching a lot of movies and stage plays, I’d try to impersonate what they did,” he said.

“It’s the diversity of stepping into someone elses shoes and feeling what that feels like … I just like to entertain people.

“I like to bring joy or make people think about the underlying statements in movies or stage plays.”

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business is an Australian comedy focused on the tangled knots of emotion and unexpected humour in marriage, friendships and truth, as James’ fiancee Meg works through his surprising admission.

I like to bring joy or make people think about the underlying statements in movies or stage plays. - Michael Lundberg

Directed by Johnathon Brown, the play will be performed at the Casula Powerhouse from October 19 to 22. 

  • Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for concession. 
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