Play explores family dynamics
Thames Music and Drama’s latest offering explores the stories that come after losing a loved one.
‘‘It’s a difficult business, this dying.’’
So says Irene, the matriarch of the family she leaves behind.
She also leaves behind the proverbial skeletons, a huge pile of resentments and a last will and testament that causes all sorts of grief.
The Reason I Called is the latest offering from Thames playwright Kristina Walton, who is also directing the play.
‘‘Death isn’t something I really like writing about, but the play really is more concerned with the family dynamics that occur after the death of a loved one,’’ Walton said.
‘‘The stories, the shared memories and of course the laughter that often softens the blow of death are all evident at Irene’s passing, but so too are the skeletons and unanswered questions.
‘‘Glenys Humphrey plays Irene and I am full of admiration for her willingness to ‘play dead’ for a few hours.’’
A small cast of thirteen actors have been rehearsing for six weeks to prepare for opening night on September 23.
‘‘Election polling closes in the arts room next door at 7pm and we start at 7.30pm.
‘‘What a way to wait for any meaningful results to come in? I think our cast is much more entertaining than political commentators,’’ Walton said.
If you can’t drag yourself away from the telly on September 23 though, the show runs until September 30. Where: Tararu Cultural Centre. When: September 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30pm.
Get your tickets online from www.thamesmad.co: adults, $15; seniors, $12; students, $10.
Cast members rehearse for The Reason I Called.