Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly life - Tanya MacNaughton

MIKALA Westall knows in­spi­ra­tion for a play can be found in the most ran­dom of con­ver­sa­tions.

Mov­ing on Inc, which pre­miered at Fringe World 2015, orig­i­nated through a friend telling her about their job clean­ing out de­ceased es­tates.

“It oc­curred to me how odd it was that a com­plete stranger could have that kind of ac­cess into some­one else’s life; the ac­cu­mu­lated mem­o­ries and sou­venirs that make up a life,” Westall said.

“It got me think­ing about mem­ory it­self and how much we rely on pos­ses­sions to sup­port our mem­o­ries; that con­nec­tion we have to the things we col­lect.

“I guess I’m a bit of a hoarder my­self, so I con­nected pretty strongly to that idea.”

The Fre­man­tle cre­ator and di­rec­tor has been given a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to present Mov­ing on Inc with the play’s in­clu­sion in Su­bi­aco The­atre Fes­ti­val 2016.

“The fes­ti­val gives us an op­por­tu­nity to widen our au­di­ence and to give peo­ple a chance to see the show if they missed it in its sold-out sea­son last year,” she said.

“Hope­fully it will pave the way for Mov­ing On Inc to get out on the road and do some re­gional tour­ing.”

Westall said the pro­duc­tion dealt with per­sonal is­sues in­clud­ing the death of a par­ent, the end­ing of a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship and the need to ‘make your mark’ on the world.

She said she felt it was a play peo­ple could iden­tify with and a love story above all else.

“It’s about the ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship be­tween two of the main char­ac­ters, but also about the love of a par­ent, the love of a cer­tain mem­ory and the love of the way you see your­self,” Westall said.

“It fol­lows Abby on the 10th an­niver­sary of her fa­ther’s death, who has driven out to the bush with some of her dad’s old pos­ses­sions, along with her boyfriend Sam, in the hope of let­ting go and mov­ing on.”

Mikala Westall.

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