Arts & Entertainment

Stop Girl

Photo - Daniel Boud

Sally Sara has produced her first play based on her life as a foreign correspondent. Suffering from PTSD after a stint in Afghanistan, Suzie had difficulty adjusting to normal life back in Sydney.

Sara’s script interested director Anne-Louise Sarks, who says, “You don’t often get to see these stories on our stages,” largely because most journalists will write a memoir of their experiences rather than produce a work for the stage.

Sara is collaborating with Sarks, but is giving the director and designer the freedom to contribute their own expertise to the production

It is not surprising that Sara experienced difficulties in Afghanistan, with its strict imposition of laws on women, but this enabled her to get the stories of women, which a male reporter may not have been able to do.

Sara suffered a breakdown in 2012 as a result of her work, and says, ““Emotionally speaking, you can’t deal with anything over there, so if something is going to rupture, it’ll be back here, where you have time to think”.

Having completed a screenwriting course at the University of South Australia, Sara is now, many years later, able to fulfil her dream of seeing her play performed on the Belvoir stage.

Mar 20-Apr 25. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $33-$83+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au