STRUG­GLE TO BE­LONG

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

AC­TOR Natalie Aung Than is set to ex­plore post-war mi­grant life as she takes on a role in the world pre­miere of play Dolls From The Sky.

Show­ing at the Old Mill Theatre and set in 1953, the play steps back in time to look at racism, grief and the chal­lenges faced by a for­mer war ser­vice­man who em­ploys a mi­grant house­keeper from Poland.

Aung Than plays the role of the Pol­ish house­keeper Anna and said she drew from her mother’s ex­pe­ri­ences of as­sim­i­la­tion to un­der­stand the dif­fi­cul­ties her char­ac­ter faced.

“It’s a chance to play a char­ac­ter sim­i­lar to my mother; she ar­rived in Aus­tralia from Ser­bia in the 1960s,” she said.

Join­ing Dolls From The Sky in Old Mill Theatre’s short play sea­son is Ar­mistice Day, about three sol­diers who meet af­ter World War I to celebrate peace, but dis­cover it comes at a high price.

Dolls From The Sky and Ar­mistice Day will play to­gether un­der the col­lec­tive ti­tle An An­zac Duo to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of Gal­lipoli in land­ing 2015.

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