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by Roxy Callaghan (subscribe)
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Suffering and grief
Black Swan State Theatre Company are currently presenting a Tim Winton play Shrine at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre in Perth.

Having recently attended the show I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone interested in beautifully crafted quality drama.

John Howard and Whitney Richards in "Shrine

The story is set in W.A's South West and revolves around the death of Jack Mansfield (Paul Ashcroft) in a traffic accident.

The cast do exceptionally well in portraying the suffering and grieving inherent in such tragedies. John Howard plays Adam Mansfield, Jack's father.

Sarah McNeill, his mother Mary and Luke McMahon (Will) with Will McNeill (Ben), his mates give very believable performances with Jack's girlfriend beautifully portrayed by Whitney Richards.

The set and lighting, designed by Trent Suidgeest, is simple but very effective. Well known Black Swan director Kate Cherry has crafted this production particularly well.

The play is Tim Winton's third written for Black Swan and brings together many aspects relating to West Australian theatre. It is a powerful production, confronting and dark but the sparkling performances of all the actors lifts it well above most things presented by professional theatre in Perth. It should not be missed.

Shrine 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.

All images courtesy of Black Swan Theatre Company.
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Why? Beautifully crafted quality drama
Phone: 6212 9300
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA, 182 William Street, Perth WA
Cost: $24.50 to $69.50
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