MR BIG NOSE – my stage comeback after a 30 year break.

Mr Big Nose lays down the law. If this show fails, Andy and Terry are going back to the Monkey House.

‘And you should be VERY nervous, Andy and Terry, because the future of Big Nose Productions depends on you!’



‘You look like Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs’, says Mevrouw T. That’ll do. I’m supposed to be a seriously scary character.

Is Hannibal Lector as scary as me?

Is Hannibal Lector as scary as Mr Big Nose?


As the writer of the stage adaptation of The 13-Storey Treehouse, I was hanging around the rehearsal room, salvaging my script and occasionally reading in the lines of ‘Mr Big Nose’, who appears in video segments in the play. Hiring a real actor would cost real money. I still have a current Actors Equity card and a larger-than-average proboscis, so director Julian Louis suggested I should play the part.

I haven’t acted on stage or screen since 1984 (A Fortunate Life, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth). Shock, horror, that’s nearly thirty years ago. But I compliantly pulled on the bald wig and sat down in front of the camera, desperately trying to remember my lines – lines I’d written myself.

The 13-Storey Treehouse tells the tale of massively successful writer Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton, who are battling against the odds to meet a deadline for a stage adaptation of their latest book.

Mr Big Nose is their publisher and the producer of the stage show. If the play is not a huge success he says he’s going to close it down and put everyone out of work. No pressure, boys – just make it good.

'Just relax and charm the camera, Richard.'

‘Just relax and charm the camera, Richard.’


Thanks, make-up artist Helen, for doing a brilliant job and saving me a trip to the barber to have my head shaved. I wasn’t looking forward to that.

The 13-Storey Treehouse opens in the Sydney Opera House on September 21st. Book your tickets HERE.

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13 responses to “MR BIG NOSE – my stage comeback after a 30 year break.

  1. Love it. All the more reason for us to buy tickets!

  2. I know you’re hidden in there somewhere, Richard, but it is actually quite disturbing to see a scary guy like that walk away with your face.
    Wishing you and your colleagues a fabulous and grand opening night and theaters packed to the rafters. I so wish I could see the show!
    -Mina

  3. Karen

    I love that your play is about Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Why did you choose those two? Did you have to get them to agree? How fun that you are in your own play. I’m sorry I can’t see it!!

    • Hi Karen, yes of course we have permission from Andy and Terry. In fact Andy has been very involved in reading the script and spending time with us in the workshops. It’s been an excellent collaboration, with a lot of laughs too.

  4. Good wig – looks like a shave job to me!

  5. Break a nose, Richard, You definitely look the part.

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  7. Chris Johnson

    Hi there Richard-sans-hair. Good look! Make sure you keep the bow tie as a souvenir too – great cycling gear. We’ll be there on the day/night to enjoy.

    • Very nice to hear from you Chris – even if I have to go bald to get your attention! Let us know when you’re going to the show and I’ll try to be there too. It should be a lot of fun.

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