Final shows for budding performers

September 20, 2017

It’s already wowing Southern Riverina audiences, and Julian Larnach’s new production Folk Song will continue to be performed by local actors this weekend.

The first four performances of the Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP) production were held in Tocumwal, Berrigan, Finley and Barooga at the weekend.

A second performance for all four towns will be held this weekend, the culmination of more than two months of rehearsals.

Albury-based performance director Alyson Evans said each of the performers had worked tirelessly in that time.

‘‘It has been really good working with this cast.

‘‘What I’ve really loved about it is I don’t think I’ve worked with a cast before where every single one of them brings something different to their performance.

‘‘They are such a diverse cast with different energy and characteristics which is perfect for a play that represents the community,’’ Ms Evans said.

The cast of seven includes local youth ranging from ages 13 to 19.

Youngest cast member Mackenzie Hannan, 13, said she’s really enjoyed her time rehearsing.

‘‘I enjoy playing different roles and just experiencing how other people think. I did a little bit of narrative style acting but this is the first time I’ve played a non-fiction role,’’ she said.

‘‘Hopefully this play will improve my confidence, which is important for the real world.’’

Another of the young cast members, 14 year-old Lochie Lawrence, said it’s been great to explore another activity beside his beloved football.

‘‘It’s been different to step out of my comfort zone. You can express yourself, where compared to footy you have to follow the rules,’’ he said.

‘‘Dad thinks I’m going to be on ‘Home and Away’ soon,’’ the teen joked.

Folk Song has been described as ‘‘a verbatim play that reflects on the lives, stories and personalities of the community living across the Berrigan Shire.’’

It is presented differently to a traditional stage play, with the youths performing on the theatre floor and surrounded by the audience.

‘‘Because the play is based on the community’s voice we just felt it would be really unnatural to be up on stage,’’ Ms Evans said.

‘‘We wanted to bring it together which is why it’s performed on the floor. That alone is a challenge for the cast as they are taught to never have their backs to the audience.’’

Friday’s performance will be at the Barooga Community Centre from 7pm, with Saturday shows at the Berrigan Memorial Hall at 11am and Finley School of Arts at 7pm. The final show will be held at the Tocumwal Memorial Hall from 5pm Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for concession/children. Go to for more.

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