NEW SHOW: Rachael Gorham as Ana and Breeze as Catherine   in  the theatre show, Neighbourhood Watch.
NEW SHOW: Rachael Gorham as Ana and Breeze as Catherine in the theatre show, Neighbourhood Watch. Julie West

Close bonds in theatre show

MURWILLUMBAH Theatre Company’s latest production gets to the heart of why community connections – like the theatre group – are important.

Neighbourhood Watch, a comedy-drama written by Lally Katz, will be staged at Murwillumbah Civic Centre from next Friday.

Rachael Gorham, who plays 80-year-old war- hardened Hungarian veteran and immigrant Ana, said the tale of her character’s unlikely connection with her 20-year-old neighbour Catherine sent an important message of inter- generational bonding.

“It’s kind of got a nice mix of humour and poignancy,” Ms Gorham said. “I think it’s got an important message about how... we can learn from the elderly.

“They have wisdom and also we can learn how to live our lives better today, by learning from the past.”

While playing a woman twice her age won’t be easy, she was focusing on the heart of the story.

“It’s a challenging piece to put on from a production perspective,” she said.

“There’s so many scene changes and the pace of the play is really relentless. It’s fun but it’s challenging.”

Neighbourhood Watch will be at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on Friday, May 27 and 28, and June 4, 10 and 11 at 7.30pm.

Matinee shows will run on June 5 and June 12 at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and are available at murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com, from Electronics Murwillumbah in Main St (cash only) and at the door.

Local theatre

  • What: Neighbourhood Watch with Murwillumbah Theatre Company
  • Where: Murwillumbah Civic Centre
  • When: Fri, May 27 to Sun, June 12


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