J Ward ex­pe­ri­ence for the­atre lovers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Live-the­atre en­thu­si­asts will have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence high-quality per­for­mances in a unique en­vi­ron­ment in Ararat on Satur­day night.

Ararat Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre will host a dou­ble-bill pre­sen­ta­tion in the city’s his­toric J Ward.

The clo­sure of Ararat Re­gional Arts Cen­tre the­atre for re­de­vel­op­ment has pro­vided an in­terim op­por­tu­nity for pro­mot­ers to ex­ploit other venues for artis­tic shows.

On Satur­day night the play ‘A Pru­dent Man’ will start at 7.30pm, fol­lowed by ‘Swan­song’ at 9.30pm.

A Pru­dent Man takes an un­apolo­getic look at a man both in con­trol and on the edge. It is about ‘a con­ser­va­tion politi­cian who is also a leader, a man in a snappy suite and an ath­lete in a bad track­suit – an amal­ga­ma­tion of a haunt­ing right-wing politi­cian’.

Writ­ten and di­rected by Katy Warner, A Pru­dent Man ex­plores what makes the Trumps of the world and what would hap­pen if their world started to shift.

Swan­song is about char­ac­ter Occi Byrne, the il­le­git­i­mate child of a sin­gle mother in the Catholic west of Ire­land. Shunned by the church, state and fam­ily, Occi must fight his way to adult­hood.

Pro­mot­ers have de­scribed the play as ‘vi­o­lent, tragic and haunt­ingly ten­der’ and a story of ‘a lost soul from one of the masters of Ir­ish drama’. The Ararat arts cen­tre will also present a ‘Yana Alana Cov­ered’ show, fea­tur­ing diva Yana Alana and her band the Paranas at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on May 5.

The show will in­clude per­for­mances of songs made fa­mous by Nina Si­mone, Tom Waits, Shirley Bassey, Lau­rie An­der­son, David Bowie and Joy Di­vi­sion.

Ararat Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre’s tem­po­rary base is at 3B Li­gar Street. Box of­fice hours are 10am to 3pm, Tues­day to Fri­day. More in­for­ma­tion and book­ing de­tails are avail­able online at www.ararat­pace.com.au or by phon­ing 5352 2181.

ON THE EDGE: A pro­mo­tional im­age for the play A Pru­dent Man, which will be part of a dou­ble-bill ex­pe­ri­ence at Ararat’s J Ward on Satur­day night.

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