A love that lasts through the ages
IT was love at first sight for director Kristen Twynam-Perkins when she read the script for Rajiv Joseph’s play, Gruesome Playground Injuries.
Described as a modern antiromance, the Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the complexities of relationships through the lives of Doug and Kayleen from the ages of eight to 38.
“Despite differing incidents and accidents, they are always drawn back to each other,” drama teacher Twynam-Perkins said.
“It’s a massive challenge for the actors and myself to get the transitions just right, but it’s also nice to work with an adult cast.”
Twynam-Perkins said script provided challenges.
“The actors need to easily and convincingly portray their characters in five-year increments over a 30-year period,” she said.
“They need to understand the vocal and physical nuances of an eight-year-old child through to an adult of 38.”
Gruesome Playground Injuries is showing at Playlovers Theatre, Hacket Hall, Floreat, from July 10 to 25 with matinee and evening performances.
A high tea follows the July 19 performance for an additional $5.
Tickets at www.playlovers. org.au or on 0415 777 173.
Sam Barnett and Kimberley Harris play Doug and Kayleen from the ages of eight through to 38 in Gruesome Playground Injuries.