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
A story of pirates, ghosts, haiku and strength
Author Kailash Satyarthi said: "Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful."
This is by no means the only view - local Perth playwright Scott McArdell has remarked: "Childhood is a trial by fire that some kids come unscathed out of and some come away with lifelong trauma."
McArdell's play Josephine! explores this theme at the first of the Blue Room's Summer Nights programme as part of the Perth Fringe World.
McArdell goes on to say "How (children) deal with that is a beautiful, sad, triumphant process and I don't think they get enough credit for their strength. Josephine! is a journey through those stages of childhood grief, filled with misadventures, life lessons, songs and the worst part of all – growing up."
Josephine! is a musical for the young and young at heart, telling the story of a young girl, Josie, living on her own in an abandoned apartment building where she meets William who plays the chello while she sings.
Then William goes missing and Josie must go looking for him ...
Josephine! is a production from Second Chance Theatre, who also produced Laika: A Staged Radio Play which won both the Judge's Award and Member's Choice in 2017's Fringe World.
Written and directed by Scott McAdell, Josephine! opens at the Blue Room Theatre on February the 6th and runs until the 17th February.
Tickets cost between $20 and $27 and are available from the FringeWorld website here.