Watched by secretary Miss Poppenguhl (Jenny Briguglio), Fleming (Mike Sheehan), Hecht (Trevor Stone) and Selznick (Peter Harding) find comic relief from their exhaustion in games with the dreaded bananas and peanuts.
Watched by secretary Miss Poppenguhl (Jenny Briguglio), Fleming (Mike Sheehan), Hecht (Trevor Stone) and Selznick (Peter Harding) find comic relief from their exhaustion in games with the dreaded bananas and peanuts.

The making of Gone with the Wind is a play not to be missed

A LOCAL production of Ron Hutchinson's fast, sharp and funny play Moonlight and Magnolias is on stage this weekend.

The play tells the story of Hollywood director David O.Selznick (played by Peter Harding) when he struck major problems in making Gone with the Wind.

He insisted that it wouldbe a truly great movie and he needed a great script.

Selznick locked producer Victor Fleming (played by Mike Sheehan) and new writer Ben Hecht (Trevor Stone) in his office for five days to create the script, despite the fact that Hecht had not read the book.

They eat only brain food: bananas and peanuts.

Based on the true story of how the classic film's script was created, Moonlight and Magnolias deals with the events of that frantic time.

Selznick and Fleming try desperately to fill Hecht in on plot and characters, acting scenes while he responds sarcastically, and therein lies much of the humour.

By day three, they verge on hysteria as fatigue, hunger and short tempers prevail.

Gone with the Wind is in the forefront throughout the play with famous scenes, characters and quotable quotes from both the novel and the movie.

Moonlight and Magnolias is being staged at the Ballina Players Theatre this weekend and until Septmeber 19. Evening performances at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Click here for details.