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Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Presented by South Australian Playwrights Theatre


After his wife leaves him and his son stops speaking to him, retired Adelaide engineer Frank whiles away his time sorting out tools in his shed. In a desperate attempt to get him connected with society his daughter, Tracey, buys him a computer and an internet connection.

Via random emails he encounters would-be Nollywood filmmaker, Ishaku, whose indefatigable optimism draws him into a world of comforting delusions.

After his spur of the moment decision to invest in Ishaku's next movie, Frank takes the desperate measure of flying to Lagos to get his money back.

Based on a true story, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is a play by Adelaide writer and filmmaker Matt Hawkins.

Starring Stephen Tongun, Kimberley Fox, and Brendan Cooney.

Praise for Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

"It's a tremendous night out, with a sharp and witty script... Every now and then, a brilliant actor emerges...Such is the case with Stephen Tongun." - Hills Weekender

"...this is a genuinely funny play... A great show...An entertaining and funny story that deserves to be told…" - The Clothesline

"…a heart-felt play… a beautiful story, well executed by cast and crew, which will leave you with a smile and a tear." - Glam Adelaide

"Deftly played, and directed by the writer with a light touch, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is a delight" - The Advertiser

Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is blowing the cobwebs away from the dark and dusty corners of Adelaide theatre and bringing us delightfully into the modern day. Stephen Tongun is an absolute standout as Ishaku. His performance is electric and endearing…" - Adelaide Theatre Guide

"Writer/director Matt Hawkins brings mature insight and a perceptive eye to his multi-dimensional story" - Stage Whispers

Cast & Crew of Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Matt Hawkins - Writer/Director

Matt is an AFI nominated playwright, screenwriter and lecturer. After graduating from AFTRS in 2002 He has written extensively for the stage and television in Australia, UK and Ghana. His credits include Always Greener (7 Network) The Micallef Program (ABC) and Different Shades of Blue (GTV, Ghana) as well as awarding winning films The Shot, The Next El Masri and Double Happiness Uranium.

Stephen Tongun- Ishaku

A graduate of Flinders University Law School, Stephen is also an actor, MC and professional motivator. His outstanding theatrical performances over the last ten years have included Beckett for Independent Theatre, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing and Oladoe Equiano in My Lover’s Eye by the Company of Muses.

Kimberley Fox - Tracy

Kimberley is a 2016 graduate of Flinders Drama Centre. Her studies led her to international pursuits where she honed her craft at Columbia College in Chicago. It is here she wrote and performed her first show The Gospel According to Kim.Recently she directed her first musical, Scrooge.

Brendan Cooney - Frank

Brendan has been a theatrical stalwart in Adelaide for the past 15 years appearing in such productions as Hot Shoe Shuffle, Hairspray, PIGS, Bogans, Men Behaving Badly (MBM), Spamalot (NLTC) Guys and Dolls (G&S) Out of the Ordinary, The Golden Dragon (Bakehouse Theatre) Miss Saigon (MCMT). He has recently appeared in Storm Boy.

Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy



Genre: Theatre

Origin: SA

Rating: PG

Duration: 90 mins + 15 min interval

Season: 2019

Dates: 10 - 21 September

Times: 7:30pm


Adult: $28.00
Concession: $23.00
Preview: $20.00
Cheap Tuesday: $20.00
High School Student: $15.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Studio

34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007

HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.


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