Beryl (72) to star in Jig­saws again

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - By DENISE S. CAHILL

AC­TOR Beryl Fran­cis (72) is star­ring in fam­ily drama Jig­saws for the sec­ond time and rais­ing money for African char­ity Nakuru Hope.

Fran­cis will again play Emma, the ma­tri­arch of a fam­ily whose life is like a jig­saw puz­zle where only some­times the pieces fit, in an Old Mill The­atre pro­duc­tion of the play writ­ten by Jen­nifer Rogers and di­rected by Adam Salathiel.

Her hus­band Ian Butcher (75) di­rected her first Jig­saws pro­duc­tion.

The mother- of- three and grand­mother-of-seven said the sto­ry­line had sim­i­lar­i­ties to her own life.

“I’ve been trav­el­ling a lot over the past 10 years like Emma and I’ve re­ally seen life,” she said.

“Emma has a good re­la­tion­ship with her grand­daugh­ter, like I do.”

Univer­sity of WA stu­dent Hay­ley Cur­rie plays the role of her grand­daugh­ter, Alex.

Jig­saws– set in Perth in the late 1980s – is about three gener- ations of women in a fam­ily that has con­gre­gated for Christ­mas.

Rev­e­la­tions and in­dis­cre­tions from the past and present sur­face and Emma is deal­ing with the loss of her hus­band.

Jig­saws is on at the Old Mill The­atre, which will present Aus­tralian plays all year to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the Gal­lipoli land­ing, from Fe­bru­ary 6 to 21. The Fe­bru­ary 7 show will raise money for Nakuru Hope.

Tick­ets for the char­ity per­for­mance are $25 and avail­able at www.try­book­ing.com/Book­ing/ Book­ingEven­tSum­mary.aspx?eid =114064.

For more on Nakuru Hope, visit www.naku­ruhope.org.

Aunty Pat (Tracy Bolton), grand­mother Emma (Beryl Fran­cis) and grand­daugh­ter Alex (Hay­ley Cur­rie) in Jig­saws.

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