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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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
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No one talks about what they’ve been up to…
Loaded is a double bill of two new plays by two rising stars of WA's theatre world.

Firstly there's Girl Shut Your Mouth by Gita Bezard, no stranger to the Fringe or theatre. The play grew out of her involvement with Playwriting Australia's Script Workshop in 2014.

Loaded, Tonsils and Tweezers, Girl Shut Your Mouth, Will'O'Mahony, Gita Bezard, Blak Swan Theatre Company, Studio Underground, The Bridging Company
Shalom Brune-Franklin, Stephanie Panozzo, Jessica Paterson, Brittany Morel (Photograph by James Grant(


Katie, Mia, Darcy and Grace are sixteen. They have the usual interests of girls their age - fashion, boys and the future. The one thing that separates them from other sixteen year old girls is that their friends die on a regular basis. So, not really average sixteen-year-olds at all.

Bezard says; This play is about the extreme, but to me it resonates with situations at home and around the world. At it's heart it is about a woman's right to be free and equal, to have a voice ...'

Girl Shut Your Mouth is directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler and the cast is Shalom Brune-Franklin (Grace), Brittany Morel (Darcy), Stephanie Panozzo (Mia) and Jessica Paterson as Katie.



The other half of the double bill is written and directed by Will O'Mahony an actor, director and playwright who began in 2012, but in that short time has garnered several awards. He is a proud alumnus of WAAPA.

Loaded, Tonsils and Tweezers, Girl Shut Your Mouth, Will'O'Mahony, Gita Bezard, Blak Swan Theatre Company, Studio Underground, The Bridging Company
05 Hoa Xuande, Lincoln Vickery, Megan Wilding, Adam Sollis. (Photograph by Daniel Grant)


His play, Tonsils Tweezers, is about friendship. Tonsils and his mate, Tweezers, have been invited to go to their ten year High School. Tonsils want to stop Tweezers from going because Tweezers has a gun and is planning on taking out the reunion.

According to the playwright, Tonsils Tweezers, is about 'friendship and a caution against "friendly"'.

The play stars rising young actors Adam Sollis (Max), Lincoln Vickery (Tonsils), Megan Wilding (Beth) and Hoa Xuande (Lewis).

Loaded begins at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, William Street on Tuesday the 19th of January and runs until Sunday the 7th of February at a range of convenient times.

Tickets cost from $30 and may be booked through Ticketek's website here.

Loaded, Tonsils and Tweezers, Girl Shut Your Mouth, Will'O'Mahony, Gita Bezard, Blak Swan Theatre Company, Studio Underground, The Bridging Company
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Why? WA's hottest young playwrights offer intriguing insight
When: Various - see website
Where: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, William Street, Perth
Cost: From $30
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