Fifty Shades of Grey has an Australian makeover

GETTING THE KINKS OUT: Chris Rattray and Katt Robinson prepare for Fifty Shades of Grey Nomad, the latest play from Stephen Beckett Production. Picture: Phillip Biggs
GETTING THE KINKS OUT: Chris Rattray and Katt Robinson prepare for Fifty Shades of Grey Nomad, the latest play from Stephen Beckett Production. Picture: Phillip Biggs

What started as a desire for more spice in the bedroom led an Australian couple to a Tasmanian nudist camp.

At least that is the quirky journey Chris Rattray and Katt Robinson’s characters take in Fifty Shades of Grey Nomad.

The comedic production is the latest creation of Stephen Beckett, who wrote produced and directed the show.

Tired of British and American comedies, the Launceston writer decided to create an Australian take of ​Fifty Shades of Grey.

“If you think about it, there’s very little Australian comedy around, it’s usually British or American.”

It was Beckett’s wife who suggested he branch out and try tackling comedy.

It’s about a couple who have been married forever, getting a bit argy-bargy … the lady tries to spice it up a bit and get him to watch Fifty Shades of Grey on the laptop in the bush.

Director Stephen Beckett

He decided his Australian twist of the best-selling book would be based in a fictional nudist camp in Tasmania.

“It’s about a couple [Alan and Rose] who have been married forever, getting a bit argy-bargy … the lady tries to spice it up a bit and get him to watch Fifty Shades of Grey on the laptop in the bush,” Beckett said.

“He hates it and it get his revenge, he books them into a nudist camp in Tassie.”

His wife Rose is far for impressed with the situation until she meets Christian…

After writing it a year ago, actors Chris Rattray and Katt Robinson along with Beckett decided to re-write it.

Robinson said, “Stephen being as Scottish as he is, wrote it with perfect English”.

But Robinson and Rattray were quick to add a bit more of the Australian vernacular.

Expect a few homages to Australian comedy with plenty of Aussie sayings and slang from the grey nomads in their caravan.

While it would be a bit cheeky, there wasn’t any frontal nudity or sex.

Instead Alan, the husband, rigs up a Tarzan and Jane-esque  loin cloth for them both, Beckett said.

The comedic romp was suitable for older audiences, 18+, Beckett said.

“It’s the best to have with your clothes on all week.”

  • Fifty Shades of Grey Nomad will take to the stage on October 12, 13 and 14 from 8pm, with 2pm performances on October 14 and 15 at the Earl Arts Centre. Tickets are available for $30 from the box office on 03 6323 3666.