HIGHS AND LOWS OF GROWING UP EXPLORED IN FAMILY DRAMA
WILLETTON resident Abby Phillips is exploring the perils of growing up and growing old in a family drama at Melville Theatre.
Written by April de Angelis and directed by Miles Openshaw, Jumpy focuses on 50year-old Hilary who is in an unexciting marriage, faces redundancy at work and has a volatile relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter.
When Hilary discovers her daughter is pregnant, she embarks on a journey for self-understanding.
Phillips plays a teen, who is optimistic and naïve despite getting pregnant at 15 and the baby’s father dying.
“It’s a fun character to play, especially given she adds some lighter comedy to a show packed with drama,” Phillips said.
Phillips has been in performing arts since she was eight but Jumpy marks her return to the stage after several years’ break.
Director Miles Openshaw said he liked how Jumpy focused on the ordinariness of life.
“Through Hilary, we see how difficult it is to let go of the roles that have become so much a part of her identity while she tries to find a new role in a society that worships youthfulness.
“It’s great to be working on a play that gives two strong female characters in their 50s centre-stage, allowing us to hear their voices – they’re voices that are so frequently overlooked in contemporary drama.”
Jumpy plays 8pm November 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, December 1 and 2 with a 2pm matinee November 26.
Tickets cost $20, $15 concession: www.meltheco.org.au.
Abby Phillips plays Lyndsey in Jumpy, with fellow teen rebel Amy Hoy who plays Tilly.