Pell gets Fever on stage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya MacNaughton

KEL­TON Pell’s drive to work as an ac­tor is not for the money, it is for the sto­ries.

And the Perth ac­tor (Red­fern Now, The Cir­cuit) has had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to share im­por­tant nar­ra­tives dur­ing his long as­so­ci­a­tion with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Com­pany, the latest be­ing The Fever and the Fret with Irma Woods and Ebony McGuire.

It was writ­ten by Pell’s good friend Jub Clerc, who was inspired by the story of her grand­par­ents.

“It pays re­spect and homage to our el­ders, in Jub’s case her grand­fa­ther Iggy and her grand­mother Ruby, while look­ing at the ill­ness of de­men­tia,” Pell said.

“De­men­tia has no bound­aries, it doesn’t care what colour your skin is, what race you are or even how old you are.

“Jub is say­ing we don’t want peo­ple cry­ing in the theatre all night but it’s a very se­ri­ous story, it’s a very sad story and it’s the story of love and loss.”

Pell said the loss was just not of mind but also loss of coun­try through min­ing and what the re­moval of peo­ple from coun­try did to Abo­rig­i­nal spirit, their “li­yarn’.

“They bought houses and then the min­ing com­pa­nies came and pushed them out of those houses,” Pell said.

“We have to put all of that into less than two hours of per­for­mance.

“It’s shar­ing the cul­tures and open­ing of new doors so peo­ple can re­alise and un­der­stand more about Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“We’re the only coun­try in the world where no one re­spects the orig­i­nal peo­ple of this land.

“If you go to other coun­tries they re­spect and hon­our the cul­ture, re­li­gion and the lan­guage of those places. Film, tele­vi­sion and theatre is a great av­enue for us to tell our sto­ries.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d442299

Kel­ton Pell.

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