The Westlands

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The Westlands

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 17 October - 26 October 2013

By Dale Turner

Poetic and gently humorous, The Westlands is a journey of now, of yesterday, of the land, the people and the stories of a mythical suburb, told through the voices of those who live there. The Westlands paints an impressionistic picture of the loves and passions, the nightmares and the dreams, the differences and aspirations, of people living in a place that constantly shifts identity with the passing of time and the arrival of new residents. Each story is linked together by the Stranger who guides the way from dreamtime to the multicultural present.

Dale Turner is a celebrated poet and dramatist working with a group of fully professional actors based in the Blue Mountains. His play for voices A Door Ajar was described by Australia’s premier poet Les Murray as follows, “I was drawn into its world. In many ways it outdoes Milkwood”.

PRODUCED BY: Weatherboard Theatre Co
DIRECTED BY: Michael Pigott
WRITTEN BY: Dale Turner
PERFORMERS: Shane Porteous, Tiriel Mora, Craig Menaud, Lucy Miller, James Lugton, Rhimi Dean, Olga Assabgy, Patrick Trumper

Open during Box Office business hours only, 17 – 26 October. Limited hours on Sundays. Call Box Office on 8839 3399 to find out more about Riverside’s open hours.

Dates & Times:
7:30pm, Thursday 17 October
7:30pm, Friday 18 October
7:30pm, Saturday 19 October
7:30pm, Wednesday 23 October
7:30pm, Thursday 24 October
7:30pm, Friday 25 October
2:15pm, Saturday 26 October
7:30pm, Saturday 26 October

Adult $27, Conc. $23*
*Transaction fees may apply

Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
“It was a sobering beginning to this performance in Parramatta, considering it was last Thursday, the 17th of October, and New South Wales, and the greater spread around the City of Sydney was dealing with one of the worst fire alarms in its history. The experience of the play was intensified with this ‘acted’ reality so palpably true outside. I was, frankly, very moved by this production of this work. . I felt an identity with this world, a keen sense of watching a new Australian play that had resonance and insights about who I am, where I am, and an echo of recognised values, virtues and vices of myself and my fellow audience, that I have, perhaps, unconsciously, craved for in recent years when going to the Australian theatre, and not found.”
For full review please click here.

Weekend Notes
“A poignant and heart-warming look inside Sydney’s western suburbs.
For full review please click here.




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Ticket Prices

Adult $27
Concession $23
3 Play Pack $60

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00