Ned Kelly tale proves dream gig for actor

Kevin Spink, left, plays Dan Kelly and Steven Rooke plays Ned Kelly. Picture: Simone De Peak
Kevin Spink, left, plays Dan Kelly and Steven Rooke plays Ned Kelly. Picture: Simone De Peak

STEVEN Rooke understands the national interest in all things Ned Kelly.

‘‘It’s a story that’s very easy to get obsessed with,’’ he says.

Rooke is more obsessed than most.

For the past four years, he’s been playing the rebellious icon bushranger since auditioning for the lead role in the Queensland Theatre Company production Kelly.

On Thursday, the show, which has been travelling the country as part of a  national tour, comes to the Civic Theatre.

Picture: Simone De Peak

Picture: Simone De Peak

It’s set in Old Melbourne Gaol on the night before Kelly’s execution.

And while the official records say his brother Dan died in the bloody battle at Glenrowan, Kelly spins on the old legend that Dan escaped and fled to Queensland.

Kevin Spink plays Dan Kelly, who, seeking forgiveness from his brother, sneaks into the cell disguised as a priest.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at the Civic Theatre.