Glit­ter­ing look at is­sue

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Sara Fitz­patrick

SINCE form­ing a year-and-a-half ago, lo­cal in­de­pen­dent theatre group The Last Great Hunt has pushed to pro­duce new and chal­leng­ing sto­ries.

Its latest work, All That Glit­ters, takes this am­bi­tion to a new height.

Based on the ex­pe­ri­ences of asy­lum seek­ers and refugees in Aus­tralia, it strives to strike a punch in a very palat­able way.

“We’ve been feel­ing help­less in the whole sce­nario and were in­ter­ested in mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal piece of theatre but not in a tra­di­tional way, be­cause it’s a lit­tle bit bor­ing to be lec­tured at,” found­ing mem­ber and ac­tor-writer Arielle Gray said.

“So we’ve tried to put to­gether a work that has an el­e­ment of po­lit­i­cal theatre but present it in a way that is satir­i­cal and fun and full of silly theatre ex­trav­a­gan­zas.”

Gray said it was in­tim­i­dat­ing to make this kind of work, so the group – com­pris­ing seven home­grown tal­ents – added its own style and flair to make the sub­ject more ac­ces­si­ble.

“When we are in­gest­ing all this in­for­ma­tion and ideas about hor­ri­ble things that are hap­pen­ing to peo­ple – the way things are set up in off­shore de­ten­tion cen­tres, etc – we find our­selves get­ting pretty bogged down and feel­ing like there is no way to do any­thing about it,” she said.

“But then you watch a video of a puppy or lis­ten to a fun song and you feel bet­ter and are more able to be ac­tive.

“We are look­ing at the way our so­ci­ety di­gests in­for­ma­tion and feels em­pa­thy and ap­a­thy.”

All That Glit­ters is the first pro­duc­tion of Sea­son Two 2015 at The Blue Room Theatre.

Arielle Gray in That Glit­ters.

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