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Burning Rose at The Actors' Hub

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Patrick Trueman-Healy, left, Chloe Gaskell, Jared Stephenson and Rachel Lewis come together for soul-searching and discovery in Burning Rose.


Two stories filled with adventure, difficulty, soul-searching and discovery are set to blossom at The Actors' Hub in April. Directed by Ellis Pearson, Burning Rose is an anthology of devised pieces from Gap II students told through the wonderful language of theatre, drawing in the audience through a feast of sounds and visual imagery.

The two pieces follow the survival of two women in different social realities – in one, a mother battles the elements to deliver her child into a world beset with the harrowing onslaught of a high magnitude earthquake. Meanwhile, a supermodel who resides in her world of beauty is beset with nightmares and the reality of the way she's treated and viewed by her society.

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Burning Rose features Jared Stephenson, left, Chloe Gaskell, Gillian Mosenthal, Kyle Kash, Rachel Lewis, Patrick Trueman-Healy, Richard Maganga and, at front, Steph Bedford.

"The actors use their bodies and voices in startling ways and the dream-like nature of the action calls on the imagination of each audience member," Ellis said. "It's the kind of theatre that is playful and funny with a surprise around every corner, as well as being a magical way of providing social comment.

"The challenge is finding ways to help the actors free up their bodies, voices and imaginations. One has to almost trick the actors into being more open and playful, so they can enter the worlds they are creating – to do this, we turned each scene into a kind of game.I find such joy in the process of collaborating with a group of committed actors to create new work."

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Jared Stephenson, left, Chloe Gaskell, Rachel Lewis and David Doig are appearing in Burning Rose at The Actors' Hub.


An actor and theatre-maker for almost 40 years, Ellis has been in large and small ensembles that have performed in numerous countries around the world. He has won best-supporting actor awards for the feature films The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman's Finger and Paljas, as well as Edinburgh Fringe First Awards for his company Theatre for Africa.

Burning Rose, The Actors' Hub, theatre, performing arts, stage, drama, humour, journey, imagination, surprise
The Actors' Hub has put Richard Maganga, left, Patrick Trueman-Healy, Jared Stephenson and Rachel Lewis through their paces in preparation for Burning Rose.

"Burning Rose is theatre that truly engages the audience, giving them a satisfying emotional and imaginative experience," Ellis said. "The stories are universal and relevant with anyone being able to relate to them."

Burning Rose plays 7pm April 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 with a 2pm matinee April 14. Tickets are $30, $25 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/VADO. The Actors' Hub is at 129 Kensington Street, East Perth.

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Why? It’s an incredibly imaginative and committed production, bringing out the best of the actors’ talents to fully engage the audience.
When: 7pm April 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14; 2pm April 14
Where: The Actors' Hub, 129 Kensington Street, East Perth
Cost: $30, $25 concession
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