Stu­dents dive into Mars play

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre -

WRITER and di­rec­tor Will O’Ma­honey is work­ing on his latest pro­duc­tion The Mars Pro­ject with WAAPA third-year act­ing stu­dents.

The play is inspired by the not-for-profit Nether­lands or­gan­i­sa­tion that plans to colonise Mars by 2025 and will be per­formed at State Theatre Cen­tre Re­hearsal Stu­dio 2 from Au­gust 22 to 27.

O’Ma­honey be­gan de­vel­op­ing the script with stu­dents last year and said it fo­cused on a young girl, Wren, who af­ter at­tend­ing a life-chang­ing seminar de­cides to go to Mars, what­ever it takes.

“Maybe Wren and the other Mars One vol­un­teers are af­ter what a lot of us are look­ing for – sig­nif­i­cance, mean­ing and the de­sire to be taken se­ri­ously,” O’Ma­honey said.

“I do think in our world it’s be­com­ing harder to get lost and harder to stand out.

“The Mars One mis­sion of­fers its ap­pli­cants hope on both these fronts. The need to be re­mem­bered and the need to dis­ap­pear are maybe more en­twined than we like to think.”

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WAAPA third-year act­ing stu­dents

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