Ex­plor­ing Rotto’s dark side

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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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d441224

Con­nor Delves and Tris­tan McInnes per­form at Rotto Af­ter Dark.

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