HIGHS AND LOWS OF GROW­ING UP EX­PLORED IN FAM­ILY DRAMA

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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.

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