Critical acclaim for Off the Leash
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.