MEET OUR PATRONS

Melanie Parry is one of Australia’s leading ladies of song and a celebrated cabaret theatre artiste, renowned for writing, producing and performing her first class musical theatre shows for the performing arts and entertainment sectors with performances spanning major venues across the United Kingdom, Europe, Las Vegas, USA, New Zealand, Tasmania, and extensively throughout Australia.
 
A veteran entertainer with over 35 years of industry experience, Melanie Parry started in show business at the age of 11. Known in the UK as the Australian girl with the golden voice, Parry is a trained coloratura soprano having studied in Wales under the expert tutelage of renowned teacher Allun Davies of the Welsh National Opera. With an equally impressive list of TV and show credits in Britain and Australia, Melanie Parry has shared the stage with Australian entertainment names such as Barry Crocker, Simon Gallagher, John Williamson, Toni Lamond, Jackie Love, Michael Caton, John Paul Young and Peter Cousens, to name a few.
 
After returning from overseas, Melanie created one of her first acclaimed shows dedicated to the life and music of Judy Garland, which eventually saw her being chosen and cast by TV producers in the prestigious role as the singing VOICE of JUDY GARLAND in one of Australia’s most exciting TV shows of all time, in the multi award winning Peter Allen - Not The Boy Next Door – TV Mini Series for Endomel Shine Productions on Channel Seven which saw her receiving great accolades from the Australian entertainment press for her singing portrayal of this great legend.
 
Known for being a consummate professional, Melanie Parry is firmly established in the entertainment industry, descending from a prominent Australian showbiz family, and is the cousin of steel guitar prodigy, promoter and record label producer Robie Porter (Rob E.G.).
 
“I am thrilled to be a Patron for Ruby Productions and I look forward to all your wonderful productions continuing as the great successes you have all worked so hard for into the future!”
Love Melanie xxx
Debra Byrne is an Australian pop singer, actress and entertainer. In 1971 she was cast as one of the original six Young Talent Time cast members. Byrne proved to be a popular cast member and in 1974 she won the Logie Award for Best Teenage Television Personality and the TV Week Queen of Pop Award.
 
In 1975, her final year with Young Talent Time, she released her first solo single, He's a Rebel, a cover of the Phil Spector produced hit by the Crystals. The song stayed at Number 1 on the Victorian pop music charts for seven weeks. Later in 1975 she again won the Logie Award for Best Teenage Television Personality and the TV Week Queen of Pop Award.
 
In 1985, Debra was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her performance as Kathy McLeod, opposite Matt Dillon, in the film Rebel.
 
Byrne has enjoyed a successful stage career interspersed with appearances on such televisions programs as The Secret Life of Us, Home and Away, Police Rescue, The Flying Doctors, G.P., State Coroner and Law of the Land.In recent years Byrne has been most notable for her role of Norma Desmond, opposite Hugh Jackman, in the first Australian production of Sunset Boulevard, and her extensive live cabaret and concert performances.
Cameron Daddo is an Australian actor, musician & presenter who first came to the attention of Australian television viewers as the host of a children's television show called 'Off the Dish'. He became well known on television when he replaced Greg Evans as the host of dating game show Perfect Match from 1987 to 1988. Cameron starred in the telemovie 'Bony' based on the books by Arthur Upfield (1990). He won the Silver Logie Award for Most Popular Actor In A Miniseries / Telemovie in 1992 for Golden Fiddles and in 1993 for Tracks of Glory. He also starred in the mini-series Golden Fiddles.
 
Cameron moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to pursue his acting career in Hollywood. His first big break came when he was cast in a regular role as a photographer in the Melrose Place spin-off 'Models Inc'.
 
In October 2012, Cameron joined smoothfm & is the host of Mellow Music which airs weeknights (8pm - 12am).
 
In 2014 he appeared in the Australian Theatre Company's Los Angeles production of 'Holding the Man' opposite Nate Jones, Roxane Wilson and Adam J. Yeend; the production was directed by Larry Moss with strong critical praise.

Tony Bonner is one of Australia’s most successful working actors with a career spanning over forty years. In recent years Tony has used the skills gained during his career to train and motivate young actors and models through privately held workshops and classes throughout Australia, New Zealand and Los Angeles.Some of Tony’s students are now enjoying world wide success on television, in film and on the stage.Tony’s work can be seen in The Anzacs, The Man From Snowy River, The Lighthorseman, Power Without Glory, Skippy, Cop Shop, Skyways, Home and Away and Neighbors. These are but a few of the award-winning roles Tony has played.Tony’s stage work includes the productions of Love Letters, Only When I Laugh, The Sentimental Bloke, The Cellophane Ceiling, Are You Being Served and The Three Musketeers, while his last play he directed was 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'.Tony’s most recent nomination from the AFI was for best supporting Actor in 2004. On February 27th at the Stage One International Film Festival on the Gold Coast, Tony Bonner was awarded the Warner Bros Movie World Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016.

George Smilovici is a pioneer in Australian Stand Up Comedy. He was there at the beginning of the 80s and took standup to Rock audiences. He conquered the charts reaching number 1 with his hilarious monologue 'I'M TUFF'. 
 
A seminal influence on Australian comedy, George has performed in every arena from the Sydney Entertainment Centre to sports stadiums, theatres and concert halls, in festivals, intimate clubs, TV, Film and Radio. He's shared the stage with greats like Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Neil Sedaka, Midnight Oil, INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Winslow, Joan Rivers and many more.
 
He has released 4 albums, 4 singles, 2 concert videos and much more. He even features as a question on TRIVIAL PURSUIT. George is also the author and face of the award-winning “I’M COOL” BRUT FABERGE, TV commercials. 
 
A consummate MC and raconteur, his passion for making people laugh and putting them at ease makes for a unique event.
 
These days George also spends time in his homeland, Havana, Cuba where he records with his own band, 'FRENTE CALIENTE '. You can listen to some of his original compositions on SOUNDLOUD.