Jaime’s Memorial service will be held at Blackburn Gardens, Old New South Head Rd, Double Bay.
Jaime Robertson was one of the original founding members of the wonderful O’Punksky’s Theatre ensemble.
For a number of years Jaime was one of O’Punksky’s share holders and on the board of directors.
Jaime and I met on the steps of the old Crossroads Theatre in Forbes St, Darlinghurst.
Formerly the ABC Radio National sound studios now S.C.E.G.S.
We were preparing to read for Maeliosa Stafford, Artistic Director of O’Punksky’s Theatre’s first production: Observe the Son’s of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness.
Jaime was practicing his Ulster dialect with me outside before we went into the tiny Crossroads office to read.
We were both successful and were cast as onstage partners, playing young soldiers in an Ulster regiment.
Soldiers sent off to die for King and Country on the battlefields of the Somme in WWI.
It was a glorious beginning for O’Punksky’s Theatre the hit of the 1990 Sydney Festival, along with Gale Edwards ‘The Rover’ for the Sydney Theatre Company.
And it was the start of a wonderful on and offstage friendship for Jaime and I.
We went on to do many projects together, including ‘Exiles’ by James Joyce (photo), Prelude to Joyce’s Artist a co production with Bogdan Koca’s - Thalia Theatre, Crossroads and O’Punksky’s Theatre.
One of the highlights of our collaboration was ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare for Bickerstaffe in Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Jaime starred and I co directed with Maeliosa Stafford.
Starring alongside Jaime in 'Much Ado' was Cillian Murphy, Aiden Kelly, Owen O’Neill, Ray McBride, Michael Burke, Martin Bridgeman, Joe Hanley and many more wonderful actors.
Produced by Richard Cook.
During that time Jaime and I toured Ireland shared digs, lock ins and pints in both Galway and Kilkenny towns.
Many stories to be told...
Directed by Caroline Grose.