Crit­i­cal ac­claim for Off the Leash

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Drouin-based Off The Leash Theatre, known for cre­at­ing new and ex­cit­ingly res­o­nant theatre, have re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for one-act play “On Wak­ing”.

The play, writ­ten by Jean­nie Haughton and di­rected by Kel­lie Bray, is a reimag­in­ing of the hours Ellen Kelly spent be­tween tak­ing in a nearby gaol cell and the hang­ing of her son Ned Kelly.

Off The Leash per­formed “On Wak­ing” at the South Gipp­s­land One Act Play Fes­ti­val in Foster be­fore head­ing to Kyne­ton’s Fes­ti­val of One Act Plays.

The team in­cluded Kel­lie Bray in the in­cred­i­bly de­mand­ing role of Ellen, Tracey Rabl as a spirit of the gaol and Tim Haughton dou­bling as a priest and Ned Kelly. Mandy Wa­ters and Jean­nie Haughton were the tech­ni­cal and back­stage crew.

The group of five ac­tors and crew won nu­mer­ous awards. At Foster, they were run­ner-up over­all best pro­duc­tion and won best ac­tress, best de­sign and best play­wright, with fur­ther nom­i­na­tions for the per­for­mances of Tracey Rabl and Tim Haughton.

At Kyne­ton, they won best drama, best ac­tress and best sup­port­ing ac­tress, with nom­i­na­tions for Tim Haughton as best ac­tor and Kel­lie Bray for best di­rec­tion.

As well as crit­i­cal ac­claim, the play gave a surge of emo­tion from au­di­ences swept away by the story - based on true events - and the out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

Off The Leash Theatre run reg­u­lar play read­ings at the Old Drouin But­ter Fac­tory on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month at 7pm.

Read­ings of lo­cal work are es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated by the writ­ers and au­di­ences who get to con­trib­ute to new works. Ev­ery­one is wel­come with en­try via do­na­tion.

Tracey Rabl ap­pears in Off The Leash Theatre’s one-act play “On Wak­ing” which won mul­ti­ple awards at fes­ti­vals in Foster and Kyne­ton.

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