Painter’s play gets a second coat of laughs
Story by Megan McKander for Sunshine Coast Daily
May 4 2015
PAINTER by day, actor by night, Brett Klease has told how penning a crude, yet hilarious play pulled him from deep depression after a workplace accident.
The boots are back on and the popular Sunshine Coast play Job’s Right is back on stage after a seven-year hiatus.
Described as a construction of five comedians playing out the real-life tribulations of a building site, Job’s Right – The Second Coat has been a long time coming between laughs.
Described by local tradies as “raw, real, earthy and funny”, the original play took to the stage in 2008 and centred on a gang of house painters led by work-weary Rick (played by Mr Klease).
Along with his offsiders, the politically incorrect Murph (Shane Cassidy) and the lovable larrikin Wally (Brad Thomson), the fellas stumbled and bumbled from one disaster to another. Somehow they survived to paint another day.
But behind the gags and witty one-liners lays a deeply painful past.
Brett fell from a mezzanine level of a house in 2003 while working as a painter.
He fell face first into the ground. He says it was theatre that saved him in the end from a spiral of depression.
“I’ve hit the ground and luckily I had a respirator on so that took all the impact up into my cheek bones, in a way it saved my life,” Mr Klease said.
“If I had hit my jaw bone or the side of my head, I would have died.”
But Mr Klease did not get off lightly. You wouldn’t know it, but he now lives with a steel plate in his face to replace his right eye socket, cheekbone and sinuses.
“My face was smashed, I couldn’t do anything. I had 12 months of recovery,” he said.
“I become addicted to morphine and one day I looked into the mirror and realised I had a problem when I saw the little pupils.”
Motivated to change his ways, Mr Klease knew he couldn’t walk the boards, but he could pen a play.
His good friend and theatre identity Simon Denver suggested he write what he knew best, and so came the first inception of Job’s Right.
The play sold out venues in 2008, with more than 70 people turned away on the closing night due to demand.
The Second Coat is staged by Job’s Right Productions and the Suncoast Repertory Theatre. and will play at three Coast venues in May and June
Word of warning, Mr Klease said, the show does not hold back.
“There is language, and lots of it, because that’s just the way a worksite is,” he said.
“The play was well received the first time, when people got past the language.
“What they need to realise is the swearing is not there to be foul-mouthed or vulgar, it’s there because that’s the natural speak on a worksite.”
“You don’t watch what you say on a job site, so we don’t watch what we say on stage.
“I want guys to come and see this that work on a job so and say ‘absolutely, that’s exactly right.’
“There’s no blokes in tights, this is real and raw.”
“This show is full on, once the humour and the physicality takes off, this show goes through the gears and takes off like a Ferrari. “You can’t’ even fit a Tally-ho paper between the lines.”
Job’s Right – The Second Coat Coast opens at The Events Centre Caloundra on May 14.
Job’s Right: the Second Coat
The Events Centre Caloundra May 14-16, http://www.theeventscentre.com.au
Nambour Civic Centre May 28-30, http://www.scvenuesandevents.com.au
The J Noosa June 3-6, http://www.thejnoosa.com.au