APPLECROSS actress Cassandra Gorman is gearing up for a family drama she says will make audiences “laugh, cry and empathise”.
Gorman will play 50-yearold Hilary in a production of Jumpy at Melville Theatre this November and December.
Written by April de Angelis and directed by Miles Openshaw, the story focuses on Hilary, a woman at a low ebb; she is in an unexciting marriage, faces redundancy at work and has a volatile relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter.
When she discovers her daughter is pregnant, she embarks on a journey for self-understanding.
“Hilary is a multifaceted character,” Gorman said.
“She’s a woman struggling to cope with managing her relationship with her teenage daughter, her stagnant marriage, growing older and the pressures of holding on to her job in a tough economy.
“She holds on dearly to feminist values but struggles to find common ground in a world that has changed since her golden years.
“Given I’m in every scene, the challenge will be to reflect the changing environment and my demeanour in a matter of minutes. “One moment I’m laughing and the next I’m a wrung-out mess.”
Gorman described the production as her “proudest work to date”.
“There are shocking discoveries, dramatic relationship clashes and dalliances with adultery; you’ll laugh, cry and empathise,” she said.
Openshaw said he was drawn to the way Jumpy makes audiences examine how they navigate through family crises while still retaining a level of intimacy and love.
“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,” he said. “It’s great to be working on a play that gives two strong female characters in their 50s centrestage, allowing us to hear their voices; they’re voices that are so frequently overlooked in contemporary drama.”
Applecross resident Cassandra Gorman (left) plays Hilary in Jumpy alongside Amy Hoy and Tracy Tye.