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Irish Theatre Players Present 'Last Bus to Contrition'

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The Irish Theatre Players (ITP) latest production, Noel O Neill's Last Bus to Contrition follows on from the well-deserved accolades bestowed upon the ITP during the recent Dramafest West Australian State One Act Drama Festival. With only one of the three One Act plays entered from the ITP's own highly successful sold out One Act Festival, the ITP were awarded Best Actor (Adrian Mills), Best Actress (Mary Murphy) and the coveted Dorothy Barber Award for Best Performance for "Voices in the Rubble".

Playwright Noel O'Neill
Director Val Dragojevic
'Mickey' Adrian Mills
'Marie' Sandi Buckley
'Josie' Caoimhe Lynch
'Andy' Sean Haining
'Cora' Shannon Arten

Last Bus to Contrition, the ITP's final production for the year, is in itself a previous multi award winning play picking up a plethora of awards at the South West Drama Festival when first performed in 2003. Maintaining the ITP's customary high standard, Last Bus to Contrition is being directed by award winning director, Valerie Dragojevic and stars Adrian Mills (this year's Dramafest Best Actor), veteran ITP award winning actor Sean Hanning, and a really exciting line out of highly accomplished and experienced actresses: Sandi Buckley, Shannon Arten and Coimhe Lynch.

Last Bus to Contrition is a funny, emotional and honest play set in 1960's regional Ireland and follows the lives of three Irish girls who are trying to understand the early years of their childhood. Written by well known, award winning director and playwright, Noel O'Neill, the story reveals the trials and tribulations of the three young girls (and a couple of lads) who "stumble" through their sexual awakening and the maturity of their teenage years. One eminent reviewer said of the earlier production, "A situation that is highly emotional, tragic, and a turbulent comedy that is defined by humorous aspects of life events"..

In the second act we see the girls 20 years later and hear the joys and sorrows they have experienced over the years. "Noel has given himself a wonderful canvas to create his tale of ordinary people experiencing all the colours life has to offer" the reviewer said. "His options for high drama and side splitting comedy are boundless in this scenario given his amazing ability to create believable characters in everyday situations."

Prepare to be taken on an entertaining journey as the girls experience the vice and joys that are all too familiar a wondrous, thought provoking tale, delicately and insightfully portrayed through the eyes of the young and older women as they take on life's battles and embrace the joys and confusion of family.

As the reviewer concluded, "..we watch on with intrigue and wonder through the insightful writing of O'Neill and question if they (or is it we?) have actually matured or grown spiritually."

As usual, the Irish Theatre Player's ITA Awards winning Front of House team will transform the theatre into a "mystery" theme to give their audiences the complete theatrical night out experience. Expect the customary Irish Theatre Player's community hospitality including the traditional Irish pub and shop supplemented with port on arrival and tasty supper with the ever popular Hetty's Scullery Irish breads and treats.

As always, be surprised with the range of wonderful raffle prizes courtesy of our local sponsors all proceeds go to updating theatre equipment.

Director and Cast Last Bus to Contrition


Evenings: - 28, 29, 31 October and 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 and 14 November at 8:00pm

Matinee: - 1 November at 3:00pm

Tickets: Standard $20, Concession $15

Venue: Irish Club WA, 61 Townshend Rd, Subiaco, Perth

CONTACT DETAILS: Irish Theatre Players - Box Office (Mob) 0406 085 620

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When: 28, 29, 31 October and 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 November
Where: The Irish Club of WA, 61Townshend Road, Subiaco
Cost: Adult $20, Concesion $15
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