"But through the father William, there is a strong sense of resilience that underpins it all. Each character has a different relationship with the past – the play is about saying goodbye, setting yourself and others free, and moving forward."
Siobhán has a wealth of theatrical experience behind her, founding the Brisbane Irish Theatre Players in 1990, working with the Canberra Irish Community Theatre in the mid-90s. Since moving west, she has worked with the Old Mill, KADS, Playlovers and Dolphin Theatres in a variety of roles, including director, stage manager and lighting and sound operator.
"I was drawn The Nightwatchman because it's a moving, poetic ode to the human spirit and the memories that define us," Siobhán said. "The play is as much about what we were, as it is about what we are now and will become."
"She feels the weight of responsibility to care for her father while her role as a mother also leaves her feeling, at times, the need to be alone and free from everything. Helen expresses some large emotions and it's a challenge bringing those to the surface as part of her journey during such an important time in her life. She's a sensitive character with a lot of internal angst."
"The Nightwatchman appealed because Daniel Keene is a wonderful playwright and has beautifully written the play with so much feeling," Andrea said. "I was also attracted to the show by the dedicated director Siobhán O'Gara, the stage manager and Melville Theatre. They are completely passionate and working hard on bringing this piece of writing to life."
The Nightwatchman plays at 8pm September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 with a 2pm matinee on September 22. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au. Melville Theatre is at 393A Canning Highway (corner of Stock Road), Palmyra.