News

Shoehorn Sonata comes to Murwillumbah

Helen Keogh as Sheila and Eve Wheeler as Bridie in the Murwillumbah Theatre Company's Production of The Shoehorn Sonata.
Helen Keogh as Sheila and Eve Wheeler as Bridie in the Murwillumbah Theatre Company's Production of The Shoehorn Sonata. Contributed

THE misery suffered by prisoners of the Japanese during World War II is hard to convey.

But the Murwillumbah Theatre Company will do its best with the upcoming production of The Shoehorn Sonata.

John Misto's moving and uplifting play tells the story of two women whose lives were changed forever in February 1942, when the Japanese marched into Singapore.

For Bridie Cartwright, an Australian Army Nurse, and Sheila Richards, a fifteen year old civilian English schoolgirl, it was the beginning of three years as prisoners of the Japanese, when the boats carrying them to safety in Australia were bombed in Banka Strait in what is now Indonesia.

Reunited with other former prisoners in 1995 for an "Australia Remembers" documentary, Bridie and Sheila tell the story of their survival, both during the war and in the fifty years since their liberation.

"Neither is sure where this friendship is at, as no contact was made during the post-war years," said a spokeswoman for the theatre company.

"After almost fifty years, painful memories surface with the eventual reconciliation of their friendship and the resolution of the mystery of a shoe-horn.

"This is a story of love, courage, survival and forgiveness.

"It's an uplifting, life-affirming memorial to the army nurses and the women and children who shared their history."

Murwillumbah Theatre Company will perform the play at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium on Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 and Saturday March 16 at 7.30 pm.

Sessions will also run on Sunday, March 10 and 17 at 2 pm.

Tickets (Adults $15 and high school students $5) will be available from Murwillumbah Music Shop (02 66725404) Destination Tweed Tourism and online at www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com.au.

Please note this play contains adult themes.

Due to staging restrictions seating will be in rows, so no food or drink will be allowed in the auditorium.

However, the Canvas and Kettle bar selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be open pre-show and during the interval.

There will also be a special high schools performance on Friday, March 15 at 10 am, as this play is on the HSC syllabus.

For bookings contact the Publicity Officer on rosemaryj.hume@gmail.com. )

Topics:  murwillumbah theatre company



NORTEC is making business simple

BUSINESS TRICKS: Felisimina Jom from Nortec Small Business Solutions wants to help small businesses in the Tweed succeed.

Find out ways your small business can succeed.

Tweed hockey star scorching

Queensland Blades' Abby Eleison, Rebecca Greiner Savannah Fitzpatrick and Jodie Kenny with the four National Championships titles.

Tweed hockey star scorching on the national stage.

Rising star wins Tweed Coast Tennis International

Lizette Cabrera's breakout title could see her receive a wildcard into January's Brisbane International

Junior on the rise after taking out Tweed Coast Tennis International

Local Partners

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.