Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
ET might have stolen our hearts, but something else happened
The first alien abduction claim to be widely publicised was the Betty and Barney Hill abduction in 1961, although possibly the first recorded incident was in 1897, in California. In the Daily Mail, Colonel H. G. Shaw claimed he and a friend were harassed by three tall, slender humanoids whose bodies were covered with a fine, downy hair who tried to kidnap the two of them.
The number of reported abductions now numbers into the thousands. Many apparently stable persons who report alien abductions believe their experiences were real although the number of sceptics remains high.
The world premiere of Alienation by award-winning Australian playwright, Lachlan Philpott, produced by the Perth Theatre Company, will be performed in the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA in Perth from 28 June to 13 July.
This ground breaking new play is inspired by interviews with real life Australian abductees and informed in part by the research of Mary Rodwell, subject of the SBS documentary, My Mum Talks to Aliens. Mary Rodwell is one of the world's most respected experts on UFO phenomena and is affectionately known as Australia's 'alien lady.'
Whether you are a sceptic, a believer or somewhere in between, Alienation presents the audience with an ultimately human story of how humans adapt to life changing events.
With a soundtrack of rock ballads that shaped a generation and featuring a talented cast of West Australian performers such as Naomi Hanbury, Luke Hewitt, Natalie Holmwood and Robert Jago.
Alienation is a witty, thought-provoking and bitingly funny play that dares to ask the question, 'are we really alone in the universe?'
Tickets to the Perth season 28 June to 13 July are on sale now online from Ticketek or 1300 795 012.