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100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
The cast of 100. Picture: JS Photography and Imaging

"In death, you make one final decision... make sure it's the right one." Sound ominous? The debut show from Halcyon Productions, simply titled 100, investigates the theme of death and how you would spend eternity. What would it be like to stop, step out, look at our lives and reconsider our choices?

Four strangers recently deceased are now trapped in limbo, leaving them in a state of panic and confusion. The only means of escaping the void is by choosing a past memory in which to spend eternity. As each memory is revisited, the strangers fall further into despair. In order to choose, they must first discover more about themselves before time runs out...

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Nia (Nikita Harwood) in 100. Pictures: The sneaky photographer


Presented in association with Luminary Entertainment, 100 is a one-hour piece written by Neil Monaghan, Diene Petterle and Christopher Heimann that is being staged at The Round Room in Hamilton Hill. It was first performed at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, scoring a Fringe First Award for innovation in theatre and outstanding new production. Since then, it has played at a variety of venues around the world.

The Scotsman in Edinburgh described it thus: "… this breathtaking piece of theatre. I do believe I will remember it, in both my head and my heart, all of my life. It is a tiny, huge, simple, complex play that touched me in places I didn't even know I had …this play moved me more profoundly than anything I can remember seeing in theatre."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Nikita Harwood, left, as Nia and James Dalgleish as Alex. Picture: JS Photography and Imaging


Six actors make up the cast of 100 with two actors sharing one of the roles. Phoenix Theatre member and burlesque performer Nikita Harwood plays Nia, the chilled love interest of Alex, who discovers a revelation about their true feelings for each other.

"She's a romantic at heart, but doesn't show it initially," Nikita said. "It gets revealed throughout the play through her relationship with Alex. I cried the first time I read the script. I love portrayals of death and what people think might possibly come after."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
100 features James Dalgleish as Alex. Picture: JS Photography and Imaging


James Dalgleish plays Alex, the self-assured love interest of Nia, who discovers a revelation about their true feelings for each other. "It's an emotional journey," he said. "People finally get to re-live their life in a way and come to terms with their death. It's just a beautiful story."

Singing from age seven, James has since had roles in Oliver, Hairspray and Peter Pan. "I found my love of theatre through the relationships it builds," he said. "I love the feeling of community it brings."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Jessica Shallcross, top, as Sophie, and Kyal Wilkinson as Ketu. Picture: JS Photography and Imaging


Sophie is played by Jessica Shallcross, an experienced high school drama and dance teacher. After a small hiatus from acting, she starred in Fear at the 2017 Fringe World and has also appeared in a few short films. She also trains at Nicholson's Academy of Screen Acting.

"Sophie has had a life that's driven by career success," Jessica said. "So suddenly having to stop and re-assess really hits her hard as she has think about was it all worth it. When I first read the play it really made me stop and think how I would like to spend eternity. I think the audience is going to be surprised by how much it pulls at your thoughts and your heartstrings."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Lee Wilson, left, and Ryan S. McNally share the role of The Guide. Picture: JS Photography and Imaging


Lee Wilson and Ryan S. McNally share the role of The Guide, a secret keeper and chameleon who both welcomes and antagonises the recently deceased. "The Guide leads people through their afterlife journey," Lee said. "Splitting the role will be the most challenging part of the show for me. We've got to take two sides of the character but also maintain the leadership and guidance of the role.

"I've been assigned the lighter side of The Guide which is going to be interesting because I think, even though there is this light and dark nature we are going with, there's still a very flat plain that the character operates on. I think splitting the role will bring a new flavour to it for people who have seen the show before."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Ryan S. McNally is the dark side of The Guide.


Ryan is a seasoned performer, producer and director with additional skills in marketing, photography and costume design. He has recently closed Dark Psychic Productions, his successful theatre company of five years, to embark on a new journey as one of Halcyon Playhouse's creative directors.

"I wanted to work with like-minded people instead of being a solo operation and that's how Halcyon started," Ryan said. "It was founded to challenge the way audiences experience entertainment and challenge the 'community' of performance art. It's really hit the ground running with our debut show 100 and multiple events we've been doing around Perth.

"We read through the script and there was a moment where we thought this doesn't quite seem like the right dialogue to be coming from one person, so we decided to split the role in two. Surprise – I'm the darker side of the Guide! It's a really interesting concept as to what happens to you after death. I found myself wondering what particular memory I would pick to live in for eternity. It's a lot harder than you think."

100, Halcyon Playhouse, play, theatre, performing arts, The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, stage, innovative
Ketu (Kyal Wilkinson) in 100. Pictures: JS Photography and Imaging and The sneaky photographer


Kyal Wilkinson plays Ketu. "There's a lot of moral resonance with Ketu," Kyal said. "He doesn't like misrepresenting himself or the truth. I don't think I've come across a story that's quite like this. It was a surprise for me just reading it." To get to know the cast and crew of 100 even better, you can watch this Facebook video.

100 plays at 7.30pm July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with a 2pm matinee July 14. Tickets are $20, $18 concession – book at www.halcyonplayhouse.com. All profits from the nightly raffle and program sales will be donated to Asthma WA, HelpingMinds and Skyira.

Please note: the play contains adult themes and mild language and sensory, hazing and lighting effects will be used during the performance. The Round Room is in the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall at 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill.

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Why? It’s an intriguing concept and a highly intelligent script – real theatre that makes you think.
When: 7.30pm July 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20; 2pm July 14
Where: The Round Room, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall, 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill
Cost: $20, $18 concession
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