Play with life-saving message
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.