Drama, humour in ruby moon
EVERY parent's worst fear is confronted in the Murwillumbah Theatre Company's production of Ruby Moon.
In contrast to their March comedy 'Allo 'Allo, this modern Australian drama begins like a fairytale when 10-year-old Ruby sets off to visit her grandma, but it turns serious when she never returns.
Publicity officer Rosemary Hume said Ruby Moon tackles some difficult issues in the wake of a child's disappearance.
“The play explores the agony of Ruby's parents Sylvie and Ray as they try to understand what happened, as well as the possible motivations of a series of eccentric neighbourhood characters who knew her,” Ms Hume said.
“The two main actors, Rachael Gorham and Lachlan Glasby, skilfully bring to life the various characters in this slice of suburbia,” she said.
“The audience will be confronted by elements of grief, humour and the surreal as they try to come to terms with what is real and what is imagined or unknown.”
Rachael Gorham has acted for the Sydney Fringe Festival and for the New Theatre, Newtown, playing Ophelia in Hamlet. She also played in TV dramas Love My Way, Home and Away, All Saints and The Election Chaser.
Lachlan Glasby is a speech and drama teacher who runs various programs for young people around Murwillumbah. He has directed several productions with his youth theatre company Doublemask Performance and runs his own improvisational theatre troupe out of Murwillumbah Showground Pavilion.
Ruby Moon is directed by Bryanne Jardine who has successfully directed a number of productions for the community theatre company.
Ruby Moon will be staged as theatre-in-the-round at Murwillumbah Civic Centre, opening this Friday night at 7.30pm.
The play will continue on Saturday night and following weekend, June 5 and 6, all at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Murwillumbah Music Shop (02 66725404) or at the door and cost $15 for adults, concession $12 and school students $5.
Due to the staging format, seating is limited and bookings are recommended.
There will be no interval, but refreshments will be available before and after the show.
There will also be a special high schools performance on Friday, June 5 at 10am. Phone Ms Hume on (02) 6672 1520.