The Arts Centre Gold Coast welcomes Gold Logie Award-winning Australian actor and writer John Wood in the Tasmanian Theatre Company‘s latest production of Bakersfield Mist.

Wood is best known for his role as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in police drama Blue Heelers. Accompanying him onstage is Australian actress Julie Nihill, known for her roles in The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, and Blue Heelers.

Bakersfield Mist tells the story of Maude (Nihill), an unemployed bartender

who has bought a painting from an op shop. She soon realises that it is a Jackson Pollock worth millions. However, when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Wood) flies over from New York to her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Set in the present day, the comedy is based on a true story.

The play has been well received by critics for its realistic approach to the story, being noted as thoroughly entertaining, authentic, and soul-baring. The story hits deeper

themes as Maude seeks validation in herself, as well as the painting, and unsympathetic, cynical art historian Lionel questions its validity. Audiences are forced to question who is right.

Bakersfield Mist is touring the country and will be performed at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Wednesday, 12 July and Thursday, 13 July at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase here.

See socials from The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s opening night of Mary Poppins here.