Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Stage -

STU­DENT the­atre company Sec­ond Chance The­atre will de­but su­per­hero mu­si­cal Ex­tra Or­di­nary Peo­ple, writ­ten and di­rected by Scott McArdle of East Vic­to­ria Park, at Mur­doch Univer­sity this month.

McArdle is the group’s artis­tic di­rec­tor and is leav­ing Mur­doch Univer­sity with a bang, after writ­ing and pro­duc­ing 12 orig­i­nal shows at the univer­sity.

Ex­tra Or­di­nary Peo­ple is his first mu­si­cal, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Malaysian com­poser Nick Choo.

Como res­i­dent Sophie Bra­ham will star as Frankie, the heart and soul of the small group that stands up against Cap­tain As­ton­ish­ing and the gov­ern­ment of Des­tiny City.

“I grew up read­ing comic books and then watch­ing them on the big screen as I left my teenage years,” McArdle said.

“For the past three years I’ve worked as a play­wright at Mur­doch Univer­sity, writ­ing about is­sues that ranged from writer’s block to witch­craft to con­cen­tra­tion camps to Godzilla. Now I’m fin­ish­ing with a show that the child in me has been burst­ing to write.”

Bra­ham said she au­di­tioned be­cause she was a “lit­tle bit of a su­per­hero nerd” her­self.

“The fact it's a mu­si­cal is an added bonus,” she said.

Ex­tra Or­di­nary Peo­ple tells the story of barista Polly, who tries to stand up to an un­just gov­ern­ment, and stars a cast of lo­cal ac­tors, many of whom are stu­dents or alumni from Mur­doch Univer­sity.

“It’s great that we have such a ded­i­cated team,” McArdle said.

“We have Mur­doch stu­dents past and present who are ea­ger to grow and learn, and that’s just ex­cit­ing to be around.”

Di­rec­tor Scott McArdle.

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