Western Suburbs Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

THE first year af­ter grad­u­at­ing from WAAPA is said in the in­dus­try to be the tough­est, but act­ing grad­u­ate Shalom Brune-Franklin is off to a great start.

Not only was Brune-Franklin the re­cip­i­ent of the in­au­gu­ral Chris Ed­mund Schol­ar­ship in Oc­to­ber, made pos­si­ble by the Jack­man Fur­ness Foun­da­tion for Per­form­ing Arts (JFFPA) and MasterCard, she was cho­sen as one of eight WAAPA act­ing grad­u­ates for Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany’s The Bridg­ing Com­pany.

The ini­tia­tive will see BruneFranklin make her pro­fes­sional de­but in one of two new Aus­tralian plays pre­sented in the com­pany’s Loaded sea­son for Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2016 – Girl Shut Your Mouth by Gita Bezard

and Ton­sils and Tweez­ers by Will O’Ma­hony. Brune-Franklin will star in Girl Shut

Your Mouth and de­scribed emerg­ing play­wright Bezard’s script as “mind­blow­ing”.

“To ac­tu­ally be work­ing straight out of drama school is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity,” Brune-Franklin said.

“I can’t wait to get into re­hearsals and see what Jef­frey Jay Fowler (di­rec­tor) is go­ing to do.”

The 21-year-old ac­tor, who plays the char­ac­ter Grace, said the play fol­lowed four young women strug­gling to get an education and pun­ished for want­ing one.

“They are des­per­ate to learn and will quite lit­er­ally do any­thing to es­cape the sit­u­a­tion they are in,” she said.

“It’s cur­rent and delves into a sit­u­a­tion many women are deal­ing with. I think it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing Black Swan is putting this show on; it’s dar­ing and ground-break­ing and that’s the type of theatre I want to be in­volved in.”

Brune-Franklin’s en­thu­si­asm for the role not only stems from want­ing to do the story jus­tice, but the thrill of work­ing with her for­mer class­mates Brit­tany Morel, Stephanie Panozzo and Jes­sica Pater­son.

“When you have a new cast to work with, you spend the first week or two ex­plor­ing re­la­tion­ships and gain­ing trust with your fel­low ac­tors,” she said.

“To walk in on day one and know it is all there al­ready is won­der­ful.

“All of the girls are ridicu­lously tal­ented and I have a feel­ing it’s go­ing to be a re­ally un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Pic­ture: Daniel James Grant

Ac­tor Shalom Brune-Franklin.

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