Exploring Rotto’s dark side
Connor Delves, of Inglewood, as Dalmation and German prisoners respectively in Capturing the Enemy.
“I came here as a kid and still get that sense of wonder,” McInnes said. “The island is beautiful, I love the natural aspects.”
McInnes, in his second year with Scooplight Theatre, which presents the annual Rottnest After Dark series, said the play really got to the core of what happened on Rottnest Island during World War I.
“If you look deep enough in to it, there’s a connection with modern day stuff like the asylum seekers being trapped by Australia,” he said.
Delves, who is on summer break following his first year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, said the show told stories about people held prisoner on Rottnest during the war.
He plays a German prisoner who documents his time on the island through photography.
“My dad was a photographer and worked with a Canon,” Delves said.
He said that despite the basic equipment, his character Karl Lehman was able to tell his story as a prisoner.
Capturing the Enemy is based in the time when the Department of Defence commandeered Rottnest for use as a Prisoner of War camp. The theatrical performance marks the centenary of the Great War and the impact it had on the island during 1914 and 1915.
“As actors, we’re bringing so many stories to the audience on location, something we don’t get very often,” Delves said.
Connor Delves and Tristan McInnes perform at Rotto After Dark.