Appropriately released around Anzac Day, Bye.Gone, is directed by Scott McArdle, and features members of the Second Chance Theatre.
The play runs just over the hour at Murdoch University's Drama Workshop and was filled with all types of emotions conveyed through the memories of two characters; a young man running to war to join his friend and a war veteran running away from a life, torn with fear and anger. They come across each other in the Alaskan wilderness creating an unforgiving yet simple backdrop, quite literally made up of white peaked sheets.
The pace of the play starts slowly and takes a while to feel involved with some later scenes taking, what we felt, unnecessarily long to tell the story,. However this play was performed and narrated in such a unique way that it was a minor setback. The main focus of this play was memories, in which they were performed by other cast members to illustrate past events presenting a multitude of feelings, most of pain, regret and also the relationships to others which changed their life paths.
The conflicting views on enlisting in the Great War throughout the play between the young man and his friend really brought to light the complex decisions friends and families went through towards supporting their country. Furthermore touching on how a son deals with his mother who struggled mentally with him growing up and leaving to fight.
For a sneak peak there is always the trailer to take a look at.
The members of the Second Chance Theatre put on a really unique and emotionally rich performance, with a special mention to the actress playing the diner owner, who myself and my guest thought was the star of the show as she was able to turn her short performance in to a memorable one. The only criticism to this play was the length of it due to the slow moving pace, however it had such an original ending that I could not have guessed and will not spoil for future audiences. Worth a watch!