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Audrey of the Outback

Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and EMU Productions will be showcasing their next children’s show Audrey of the Outback just in time for school holidays.

A timeless Australian tale of growing up, the play is adapted from Christine Harris’ award-winning book and will run for almost two weeks at the King Street Theatre.

Play director Julie Scrine said that although the play is set in the 1930s it has a lot of residence today.

The story is based on the adventures of 9-year-old Audrey, a girl who has the world’s biggest backyard, the Australian outback.

“It’s a differently paced play to what you would expect in children’s theatre. Because it is set in the outback it has a kind of slow and relaxed style, we find that kids relate to it very well,” Julie said.

“We love the character of Audrey, she is very independent and energetic and questions everything. She is someone that little girls and even boys can identify with.”

The play will feature Audrey being played by 15-year-old Darcy Scrine, and 16-year-old Edward Atkinson as her brother Price. Susan Kennedy will play Audrey’s mother and Ben Verdon will be playing a number of roles including Audrey’s father.

Julie said that when Eaton Gorge Theatre Company approached Christine Harris asking if they could turn her book into a children’s play she was very excited about it. She added: “It’s a lovely experience that I think people will really enjoy.” (TF)

Jun 27–Jul 16. King Street Theatre, Level 1, 644 King Street, Newtown. $20-$25 (discounts available). Tickets & info: kingstreettheatre.com.au or 0423 082 015

 

BY TAYLAH FELICE

 

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