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
Death and heartbreak in the family
The death of a child is the worst possible event than can befall anyone. It is so devastating that life must lose all meaning.
Acclaimed playwright Tim Winton's Shrine, is an exploration of this affliction. The play is set on the remote south coast of Western Australia in wine country. Adam Mansfield (John Howard) has lost his son Jack (Paul Ashcroft) a year previously in a car accident.
Then he meets June (Whitney Richards), the girl who spent the night with Jack only hours before he died.
Shrine is the third of Winton's plays set in the iconic Western Australian rural scene. The previous two plays were Rising Water and Signs of Life. Shrine is also the second Tim Winton play to feature Silver Logie Award winner John Howard.
If you would like to watch author Tim Winton talking about Shrine to director Kate Cherry click here.
Shrine opens at the Heath Ledger Theatre, 182 William Street, Perth on the 31st August and runs until the 15th September.
Tickets are available from the Ticketek website. Prices range from $24.50 to $69.50.
Shrine is touring to the Albany Entertainment Centre on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September 2013. Shrine is touring to the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre from 26 to 29 September 2013.