Kate Hick­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

AVID Auburn’s psy­cho­log­i­cal drama Proof is the lat­est dra­matic piece tack­led by Javeen­bah The­atre.

The play tells the story of Cather­ine, who tries to prove her dead fa­ther’s sci­en­tific the­ory and while she has in­her­ited his ge­nius, she also has to come to grips with the pos­si­bil­ity she has also in­her­ited his in­san­ity.

The small cast of four – Natalie Stephen­son as Cather­ine, Nathan Schulz as Harold, Mi­randa Dun­can as Claire and Michael Beard as Robert – are among the Gold Coast’s ‘‘finest ac­tors’’.

‘‘I’ve been blessed with an in­cred­i­ble cast of truly tal­ented ac­tors,’’ di­rec­tor Barry Gib­son says.

‘‘Not many di­rec­tors can say this, but we could have opened the show weeks ago, we’ve been re­hearsed and ready for an au­di­ence for a while now.’’

Gib­son says Proof is very much a fam­ily drama with a maths back­drop.

‘‘When peo­ple hear the plot­line, they hear the words ‘‘maths’’ and ‘‘men­tal ill­ness’’, but Proof is es­sen­tially a fam­ily drama and that’s some­thing ev­ery­one can re­late to,’’ he says.

‘‘Play­wright David Auburn wrote the script to merge his in­ter­ests in sci­ence and maths into a mod­ern-day drama, but also to ex­plore an of­ten taboo topic of men­tal ill­ness.’’ And the rarely ex­plored sub­ject paid off. Proof claimed the triple crown of top hon­ours in 2001 with a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award.

‘‘Peo­ple may be fa­mil­iar with the sto­ry­line as the play was adapted into a film in 2005 star­ring Gwyneth Pal­trow and An­thony Hop­kins,’’ Gib­son says.

‘‘So peo­ple who en­joyed the film will cer­tainly en­joy the play. And those that haven’t seen ei­ther will def­i­nitely be moved by the plot­line.’’

opens at Javeen­bah The­atre, Nerang, to­mor­row and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 8pm un­til Septem­ber 22.

Michael Beard as Robert and Natalie Stephen­son as Cather­ine in Javeen­bah The­atre’s new drama,

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