NEW ROLE ECHOES RYAN’S CHILD­HOOD

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Training & Education -

COMO res­i­dent Ryan Daw­son will star in an ex­cit­ing Aus­tralian mu­si­cal that will have its WA pre­miere at The Blue Room Theatre dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

Once We Lived Here cen­tres around Amy, who runs her fam­ily’s sheep sta­tion Emoh Ruo in ru­ral Aus­tralia.

She has held on to the property through drought, bush­fire and fall­ing wool prices, de­ter­mined not to let it slip out of the fam­ily grasp.

Over a scorch­ing long week­end, the fam­ily gather, and Amy has to face up to the myths and lies the place has been built on.

In the open­ing song, the char­ac­ters on stage re­mind the au­di­ence of the old adage that ‘all roads lead to home’, and for Daw­son, that mes­sage rings true, as this show is his de­but per­for­mance since re­turn­ing to Perth from his time over­seas.

Daw­son stud­ied at the WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts, then Lasalle in Sin­ga­pore, be­fore an ex­tended stint per­form­ing in London’s West End in We Will Rock You.

Daw­son said home was where his fam­ily was, so get­ting back to Perth and do­ing what he loved was awe­some.

“Af­ter We Will Rock You, it’s ex­cit­ing to be do­ing some­thing that echoes my child­hood of grow­ing up on a farm in the South-West and re­flects our way of life in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Writ­ten by the crit­i­cally ac­claimed team of Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank, this full-length mu­si­cal is an au­then­ti­cally Aus­tralian story, with a uniquely Aus­tralian sound.

Once We Lived Here will show­case a stel­lar cast of home-grown tal­ent. Daw­son will be joined by WAAPA mu­si­cal theatre grad­u­ates Taryn Ryan, Sharon Kiely, Josh Fir­man and Me­gan Kozak.

The mu­si­cal will run at The Blue Room Theatre from Oc­to­ber 17 to Novem­ber 4.

Como res­i­dent Ryan Daw­son is ex­cited to per­form in Once We Lived Here.

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