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Parallel lives being Juliet on the bright side of life
Stirling Players are a community theatre company dedicated to supporting local talent and providing an outlet and (dare I say) a stage for their work.
With this in mind Stirling Players are presenting a medley of one-act plays during the January holidays all written by local playwrights, both established and up-coming.
Lily Baitup (Sacha) and Sam Jones (Kurt) in rehearsal for Parallel Lives (Photograph courtesy of Yvette Wall)
One of the plays is Lives that are Parallel written by James Forte (Political Correction, A Dragon is Essential). James took up writing after retiring as a scientist and has specialised in short plays rapidly gaining acceptance in the local theatre community. He has won a number of awards in various festivals.
James writes primarily about the interaction between the generations and the established order and those questioning it. Lives That Are Parallel is the result of a request by SPY (Stirling Players Youth) for a ghost story. James thought friendly rather than scary and engages four themes dear to youth - romance, travel, fame and ghosts. It is directed by veteran actor/director Fran Gordon.
The plot is based on a simple idea. Two people meet briefly racing for planes at LA International Airport and instantly know that there is no one else for either of them. However they don't know each other's names or even nationality. What to do?
Yvonne Lingua as Tina and Dan Wilson as Jordan in Being Juliet (Photograph courtesy Yvette Wall)
Being Juliet is a comedy written by Yvette Wall. Yvette's play Looking at The Alps recently took out a swag of prizes at the renowned Norfolk Island Festival. This play, like many, is set backstage in a community theatre during a performance - in this case, The Magic Mushroom. During a performance the actors cross and re-cross each other at the call of the unseen Stage Manager. It is directed by Carol Hughes.
The third play is by Irish born actor/director/stage manager/props/wardrobe and author Siobhan Wright, who has been involved in local theatre since arriving in 1987.
Midsummer Mix in rehearsal (Photograph courtesy of Yvette Wall)
Her play, which she is also directing, is The Bright Side of Life and which draws on her Hibernian heritage. It is a comedy set in a nursing home in Dublin, Ireland and follows the lives of the residents staff and families, present and absent.
The three plays under the collective name of Midsummer Mix are up from the 19th January 2017 during the school holidays at the Stirling Theatre.
Tickets cost $20 and $18 (concession) and are on sale from the 19th December at Morris Newsagency - 9440 1040.