Play relives the times of their lives
VETERAN actor Sally Sander’s memories of the 1950s are bathed in sunlight.
The 71-year-old spent the decade in the prime of her youth, living on the picturesque Perth riverfront and immersing herself in the colourful local theatre scene.
“I had it good, very good,” Sander said.
The thespian’s recollec- tions of post-WWII WA differ greatly to those of her latest on-stage character.
Living in a small Wheatbelt town, Lizzie – one of two protagonists in Agelink Theatre production The Time of Your Life – recalls the trials of the era with townsfolk caught up in the hysteria of the polio epidemic and threat of communist spies.
“The play is based on the stories of 30 WA seniors who shared their reminiscences in workshops at Citiplace Community Centre over two years,” Sander said.
“Because these actors are very active and engaged, director Jenny Davis decided to make them part of a creative process. “The show is a slice of history and will be particularly interesting for young people who might not know much about the war or the era.
“For the older people that Jenny worked with, I think the show will make them feel like they have been validated.”
The local stage star, who made her debut at 11, performs rarely these days, but recently enjoyed a small role in homegrown children’s film, Paper Planes.
“My husband (actor Maurie Ogden) and I worked for 30 years, pretty well non-stop, in every theatre in Perth and we’ve done musicals to Shakespeare – the full catastrophe,” Sander said.
“I can still learn lines but stressed about whether I would have a full recall on the night, so started working in retail clothing.
“I'm doing this show for Jenny, who is an old friend.”
Actors Ashana Murphy, Sally Sander, Sarsi Elsberry and Rosemary Barr.