Play with life-sav­ing mes­sage

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NORTH­ERN Ter­ri­tory the­atre company Art­back NT, in part­ner­ship with DonateLife WA, will bring its play Gift of Life to Perth this month dur­ing an 18per­for­mance tour across the state. The cast fea­tures three in­dige­nous ac­tors, in­clud­ing NIDA grad­u­ate and kid­ney re­cip­i­ent Lynette Lewis Hub­barb, and aims to cre­ate aware­ness about or­gan do­na­tion in in­dige­nous au­di­ences. Dar­win based play­wright Ben Graetz said many in­dige­nous peo­ple were un­aware that a kid­ney trans­plant was even an op­tion. “At a com­mu­nity level, the play has power to com­mu­ni­cate an im­me­di­ate mes­sage,” Graetz said. DonateLife WA state med­i­cal di­rec­tor Bruce Pow­ell said the play was a great fit for DonateLife’s project to en­able do­na­tion in the re­gions. “We hope that after watch­ing the play, au­di­ences will un­der­stand the im­por­tance of do­na­tion in their own com­mu­nity and to ev­ery­one touched by it,” Dr Pow­ell said. “We con­sider the abil­ity to do­nate as some­thing that should be in ev­ery West Aus­tralian’s reach.” Gift of Life is a free per­for­mance and suit­able for all cul­tures and most ages. Au­di­ences will be en­cour­aged to ask ques­tions and speak with the cast and DonateLife WA staff. Per­for­mances will be at Round- house The­atre, WAAPA, Mt Law­ley at 6pm, Tues­day, Septem­ber 9 and Der­barl Yer­ri­gan Health Cen­tre and East Perth at 10am, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 11. More at donatelife.gov.au /state/wa.

Gift of Life per­form­ers in ac­tion.

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