Played by Ben Mingay
Hard-working sparky, all-round good bloke, Rob couldn’t quite believe his luck when exotic, sophisticated Colette responded to his advances and six months later they were married in a fun Las Vegas wedding. He’s constantly in awe of this gorgeous creature and as long as his simple needs are met – a daily surf, a few beers, or the occasional cheeky joint at the end of a tough day – he’ll enjoy her sense of humour, tolerate her moods, combat her wild tempers, and take pleasure in the robust sex life they share. She makes his life interesting and better… but he sometimes wonders what she sees in him.
Rob hails from an ordinary, loving, working class family – his Dad is a plumber (like his eldest brother), his mum is a hairdresser, and his younger brother, Jay is a carpenter. From the Shire where they still reside, Rob’s family have a natural aversion to the North, and its slick, hip vibe – they’ve never quite forgiven him for moving away.
Rob’s dad is something of a conspiracy theorist and eccentric in a suburban way, which his sons enjoy taking the piss out of. While Rob’s mum is intimidated and just plain confused by Colette, she still holds out hope that Rob will end up with his former girlfriend and local girl, Jenny, who is loved by the whole family and still gets her hair done at his mum’s salon. Jenny is the antithesis of Colette. To Rob’s frustration, his family still sees Colette as the relationship breaker. They don’t trust her, nor approve of her pretentious ideas about living and working in Europe – and in their opinion the marriage won’t last. But of course, at the few family functions Colette agrees to attend, it’s usually very civil and polite.
While Rob’s happy enough to go with the flow, the pressures of running a small business is taking its toll on his marriage. When Colette admits to having an affair with the local barista but he was determined to save his marriage despite his devastation. Rob loves Colette and for a while it looked like they were back on track until Rob realises that he had lost all trust in Colette and asked for a separation.
Rob now finds himself in a new phase of his life and he is not sure where this is going to take him... can he really move on without Colette at his side.
View Another Bio
Jenny is the antithesis of Colette. To Rob’s frustration, his family still sees Colette is still as the relationship breaker. They don’t trust her, nor approve of her pretentious ideas about living and working in Europe - and in their opinion the marriage won’t last. But of course, at the few family functions Colette agrees to attend, it’s usually very civil and polite.
While Rob’s happy enough to go with the flow, the pressures of running a small business and a small crew of employees during the GFC is taking its toll. He’s too nice to demand his clients pay him when they should. And of course his clients know this so they take advantage of it – much to Colette’s frustration. He’s taking shit and losing status… and she doesn’t like that.
Ben Mingay is an actor, musician and musical theatre performer who began as a rocker from Newcastle, dividing his time between the construction site and the conservatorium of music. His most recent role saw him appear in Packed to the Rafters, and he has starred in Blue Heelers and All Saints.
He starred in the world premiere production of An Officer and A Gentleman following a Sydney season in the award winning musical Jersey Boys in the role of Tommy DeVito.
In 2004, he starred in the world premiere production of Dirty Dancing and has since performed in every English speaking production of Dirty Dancing including the original Australian/New Zealand Tour, West End Premiere (London), North American Premiere (Toronto) and the U.S National Tour.
Other musical theatre credits include HAIR and South Pacific and opera credits include The Pirates of Penzance, The Magic Flute, The Mikado and Don Giovanni. He performed as soloist for Opera in the Park in the Hunter and has sung the US national anthem for the Chicago Bears and the Boston Celtics.