Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

KEW­DALE’S Don­ald Weaver will step up to the stage for the 30th an­niver­sary of one of Aus­tralia’s most widely pro­duced plays, Away.

Mix­ing drama, hu­mour and home truths, the Aus­tralian story fol­lows three dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies who go on their an­nual Christ­mas hol­i­days in the ’60s, all bur­dened with their own baggage.

Weaver plays Jim, the hen­pecked, long suf­fer­ing hus­band of Gwen and fa­ther of young Meg.

“To­gether they em­bark on their an­nual Christ­mas car­a­van­ning hol­i­day at their usual beach re­sort,” Weaver said.

“Poor old Jim is fur­ther up­set when his dear wife pur­posely leaves his box of Christ­mas presents at home, which sparks a lot of dis­ap­point­ment and un­pleas­ant­ness.”

While he con­sid­ers him­self new to the­atre act­ing, Weaver has writ­ten and per­formed in var­i­ous skits for The Skull Bone and Pig So­ci­ety at the Belmont RSL and boasts 50 years of ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in WA brass bands.

“There is a lot of dia­logue to learn, which is not al­ways prompted by the lines of the other ac­tors, which makes re­mem­ber­ing lines and en­try points more chal­leng­ing,” Weaver said of his role in Away, which plays from June 10 to 25 at the Lat­vian Cen­tre The­atre in Belmont.

Tick­ets are $20 at www. try­book­ing.com/LCNW.

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