A new contemporary story is set for the stage in Kempsey with local Chris Dockrill in the process of bringing his original play to life.
'Flame Trees' is a serious drama inspired by the famous Cold Chisel song of the same name. The story revolves around the main character who returns to his country home town after 10 years away, he soon realises little has changed and finds himself involved in conflicts.
"He finds out the same people are there, the same conflicts remain and that time hasn't changed any of it," Chris said.
"There are a few main themes that are explored including change, power, guilt, grief and resilience."
The plan is for the play to premier in Kempsey later in the year.
"I'd really love to say that it premiered here in Kempsey and not in the city and to have Kempsey people make up the cast," Chris said.
"I'm hoping this play will inject life into the Bandbox Theatre, with hard-hitting contemporary drama. There's coarse language, sexual references and some violence. It will bring something new and fresh to the theatre."
The play requires a cast of at least nine people including six males, five of which are in their late 20s and one in his early 40s, and three females, one in her 50s, one in her early 20s and one in her late 20s.
"At this stage I'm looking for expressions of interest from locals who might be interested in acting," Chris said.
"The arts are so important to everyone and the range of activities are limited that people in country towns are exposed to. This would be a great opportunity for anyone who's interested in acting."
If you are interested, contact Chris Dockrill on 0427-660-401 or email email@example.com.
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