NEW PLAY VISITS HOLIDAY SHACKS
Director Ian Lawson believes the best type of theatre stems from current themes, making it more relatable to the audience. This is totally the case for his latest production Hotel Beche de Mer, which opens at The Arts Centre Gold Coast tonight.
Written by Stephen Carleton, the play was inspired by Fibro Coast, a local exhibition held earlier this year that reflected on the beach holiday history enjoyed within the humble fibro beach shack.
“Hotel Beche de Mer is work that captures a sense of place and articulates the lived experience of a community with unerring accuracy,” says Lawson.
The contemporary play is set in an old Gold Coast beach house – the house is an architectural legacy, with family memories of a simpler, “golden” time.
Because of its ocean-side location, the shack has skyrocketed in dollar value following the Gold Coast’s rapid urban change.
Hotel Beche de Mer follows Tegan Bennett, who lives in the shack with her demented grandmother Philomena.
Tegan’s world is turned upside down when her father comes crashing into their lives, determined to sell the property and share the $2 million profit.
It sounds like the answer to all of their prayers. But there’s one thing neither of them have taken into account – the strength of Tegan’s attachment to the Beche de Mer.
The local production stars Caroline Gillmer (Underbelly, Neighbours), Caroline Levien ( The Removalists), Joss McWilliam ( Pacific Drive, Water Rats) and Hugh Parker ( Pale Blue Dot, Kelly, Sea Patrol). Lawson says Carleton, a Brisbane-based playwright, has created characters and themes that will resonate with Gold Coast residents.
“Hotel Beche de Mer contains his typical idiosyncratic characters, complex plotting and thematic grandeur,” says Lawson.
“It is full of heart, wit and sharp social observation.”
The production is part of the 2014 Independent Season at The Arts Centre.
Hotel Beche de Mer, The Space, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, tonight until November 8.
Joss McWilliam and Caroline Gillmer in The Arts Centre Gold Coast's new play
Hotel Beche de Mer.