Ha­zle­hurst stars in Aus­tralian drama

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Mother, a one-woman play writ­ten for ac­claimed, award­win­ning ac­tor Noni Ha­zle­hurst, is a chal­leng­ing but in­cred­i­bly touch­ing new work by Daniel Keene.

Per­form­ing one show only atWestSide PAC on July 7, the play is di­rected by for­mer Shep­par­ton Theatre Arts Group mem­ber Matt Scholten.

In Mother, award-win­ning Aus­tralian play­wright Daniel Keene ex­plores the con­cept of home­less­ness as a metaphor for dis­con­nec­tion.

Ms Ha­zle­hurst plays Christie — home­less, age­ing, living on the out­skirts of sub­ur­bia, she at­tracts the cu­rios­ity of the lo­cals with the story of her colour­ful, trou­bled life.

Christie’s story is part truth, part fic­tion, and even she is no longer sure which is which. Be­neath her wild ex­ag­ger­a­tions and fan­tas­tic tales of loves lost and strug­gles over­come, there are the haunt­ing truths that she would rather for­get.

‘‘Scholten’s pro­duc­tions of Daniel Keene’s work have been won­der­ful, and I have the great­est re­spect for Daniel’s writ­ing. I be­lieve he is one of the best play­wrights we have,’’ Ms Ha­zle­hurst said.

‘‘I have wanted to do a oneper­son show for many years, and am de­lighted that Daniel and Matt were keen to work with me to present some­thing of sub­stance, in­tel­li­gence and heart.’’

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil act­ing River­links manager Jes­sica Watt said this was not a theatre show that most peo­ple would ex­pect from Ms Ha­zle­hurst.

‘‘It is dark and chal­leng­ing, but ul­ti­mately bril­liant.

‘‘We hope lo­cal au­di­ences take this op­por­tu­nity to see Noni do­ing some­thing very dif­fer­ent to some of her more well-known roles,’’ she said.

‘‘Delv­ing into the sig­nifi- cance of our pri­mary re­la­tion­ships, this provoca­tive per­for­mance will leave au­di­ences haunted with un­der­stand­ing and sym­pa­thy for those living on the far­thest edges of so­ci­ety.’’

Tick­ets are on sale now, avail­able at the River­links Box Of­fice, phone 5832 9511 or visit www.river­links venues.com.au

Keep­ing an eye on things: This pel­i­can was snapped on the lake be­side the sixth green at Hill Top Golf Club by Jeff Baker.

Chal­leng­ing per­for­mance: Noni Ha­zle­hurst will be per­form­ing at WestSide next month.

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