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
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light
Ever since the first Atomic Bomb was dropped the concept of the destruction of civilization has exerted a horrid fascination for writers. Probably the first such book was published in 1960 - A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Since then the concept has been used and reused - often with added dangers - The Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man, The Survivors, The Day of the Triffids, The Walking Dead and so on.
Now Playlovers have produced an original script by Australian actor and author Sara West.
The play is set in a world when the light has died and nothing is more precious than the jar containing their individual lights. Everyone has one and if that light goes out, you turn into colourful dust.
Left to right - George, Prea, Gemma (on floor), Sarah-Rose (tallest), Leo (on floor in front of Sarah-Rose) & Georgina (Photograph courtesy of Playlovers)
The Trolleys, a group of children who survive by scavenging all have lights which are fading. 'They don't know why, or how they can stop it, so they set off to find a solution, across a kind of city wilderness.'
Directed by Andie Holborn, The Trolleys runs at Hackett Hall, Draper Street, Floreat, from the 20th of May until the 29th.
Tickets cost $20 (Concession $15) and are obtainable on the Playlover's website here. The matinee on the 22nd is followed by a High Tea.