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
Perth at the end of the world
It's hardly news to announce proudly that Australia has talent, although it's true.
But what is perhaps less appreciated is that the rising tide of talent is overwhelming and world-rated. Talent such as Suzie Miller, Australian born and trained playwright.
Charlotte Devenport in the World Premiere Dust (Photo by Robert Firth, Acorn Photography.)
Dust is one of a long range of post-apocalyptic fictions that probably began with Mary Shelly's The Last Man which tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. It was published in 1826.
The premise of Dust is that one morning Perth wakes up to find the city blanketed in red dust. Many believe this to be the apocalypse, but it is the interplay between characters under stress that makes the play as riveting as it is.
Emily McLean (Left) and Fiona Bruce (Photo courtesy of Black Swan State Theatre Company)
Directed by Emily McLean and costumed by Fiona Bruce Dust is performed by eight actors taking multiple parts.
Dust runs from the 30th June to the 13th of Julky at the Heath Ledger Theatre, 182 William Street, Perth. Bookings may be made on TryBooking. Tickets cost from $27.90 to $79.90).