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A brilliant play by a nineteen year old makes its WA debut
Stirling Players have a long history of encouraging young talent, emerging writers and innovative thinking.

Their next production demonstrates this believe in the new and fresh perfectly. The production is That Face, a two act play written by Polly Stenham and directed by Sharon Greenock.

That Face, Stirling Players, Stirling Theatre, Polly Stenham, Sharon Greenock
Polly Stenham (Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

That Face, wonderfully well received when it was first produced in 2007, was written when Polly Stenham was just nineteen years old.

If you would like to hear Polly's thoughts on playwriting there is a YouTube video interview here.

Acclaimed critic Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) commented: "This is one of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than 30 years of theatre reviewing. Its author, Polly Stenham, ... just 19 when she wrote a play that sent me reeling into the night... In every respect, this is a remarkable and unforgettable piece of theatre."

Continuing the theme of new blood this is Sharon Greenock's first production with Stirling Players. She has a degree in Broadcasting from WAAPA and worked at ABC Radio as both producer and presenter.

Greenock says: "I was attracted to Polly Stenham's play because ... I figured she loved watching people and observing relationships, which is something I like to do. It's interesting how she sees the flaws in all the characters and yet they are still somewhat endearing. I hope the audience can't help themselves but talk about what they've seen, and even recognise some flaws in themselves."

That Face, Stirling Players, Stirling Theatre, Polly Stenham, Sharon Greenock
Juliette Greenock and Paddy McAuley as brother and sister in That Face (Photograph courtesy of Stirling Players)

The play stars, as brother and sister, Juliett Greenock, daughter of the director, and Paddy McAuley, newly arrived from the UK.

That Face runs from March the 17th at 8:00pm to April the 1st at Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo. (There are matinées on the 19th and 26th)

Tickets cost $22 (concession $20) and bookings can be made through Morris Newsagency on 9440 1040 or on the TryBooking website here.

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Why? Amazing contemporary two act play
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (matinees)
Phone: 9440 1040
Where: Stirling Theatre, 25 Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $22 Adults ($20 concession)
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