Beryl (72) to star in Jigsaws again
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.