Roger Hall clas­sic for Dan­nevirke’s theatre

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

An­other Roger Hall clas­sic is about to hit the stage in Dan­nevirke’s Foun­tain Theatre when By De­grees is pre­sented by the Dan­nevirke Theatre Com­pany.

Di­rected by Josie Robert­son, the story is about four women who de­cide in­de­pen­dently to re­turn to univer­sity and the story fol­lows their ex­pe­ri­ences, their highs, lows, dis­ap­point­ments and suc­cesses.

The char­ac­ters are Clare (An­gela McQuar­rie) — a 40-year-old mar­ried woman, Donna (Sarah Jensen) a mid20s solo mother, Glenys (Bir­gitta Rol­ston) a mar­ried woman in her early 50s and Shirley (Michelle Walker) a di­vorcee in her late-30s.

Each has her own ex­pe­ri­ences in life which af­fects the way the char­ac­ters cope with univer­sity life.

Typ­i­cal of Roger Hall there is drama, pathos and lighter mo­ments which will draw a chuckle.

Roger Hall will leave the theatre au­di­ence think­ing about the is­sues raised.

Many will iden­tify with those is­sues.

Un­usu­ally there is no di­rect di­a­logue be­tween the char­ac­ters but the tim­ing of each speech is so clev­erly ar­ranged the mes­sage be­comes more ev­i­dent as the play pro­gresses.

Roger Hall has done this be­fore with his play Tak­ing Off which fea­tured a decade ago in Dan­nevirke be­fore very re­spon­sive au­di­ences.

Di­rec­tor Josie Robert­son was on stage in that pro­duc­tion.

Light­ing and sound are crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of this play and Cameron Trigg has de­signed th­ese.

■ The show opens on Thurs­day June 7 and runs for three nights with two shows on Satur­day June 9, then re­sumes Wed­nes­day June 13 run­ning through to Fri­day June 15. Tick­ets cost Adults $25, Se­niors $22 and can be pur­chased from the Dan­nevirke In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

THE four women in their sit­ting room. From left Bir­gitta Rol­ston, Michelle Walker, Sarah Jensen and An­gela McQuar­rie.

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