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PAGE 8 – BELLINGEN SHIRE NEWS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022 Perfect play is a real beast GARDEN - LANDSCAPE - SUPPLIES FOR ALL YOUR GARDENING NEEDS Rehearsals are underway for The Beast, the latest from the Dorrigo Dramatic Club. By ADAM NORRIS whats been happening here over the keep their distance. he only stage play written by last few years.” “Th e last play, [Minefi elds & Tmusician-performer Eddie With a cast of nine, its also quite Miniskirts] was us kicking off again Perfect – and yes, that is his real a large production, with many in the refurbished theatre, and we name – is a black comedy satirising moving parts and punchy dialogue. still had a few challenges there in the best-laid ethics of a group Tamar and the team are now in the terms of timing with the fl oods, of tree-changers who decide to thick of rehearsals, but as they reach which meant that the mountain was slaughter their own meat. the pointy-end of preparation, the closed during [the season]. But the Th e Beast is a razor-sharp (pun debut director is enthusiastic about Dorrigo community was fantastic intended) production, the kind how it is all coming together. so we still had audiences for all our of tale one might expect if Aaron “We hosted a play reading last year performances. Sorkin tried his hand at Grand with the membership to see what “Now, weve obviously had Guignol. they thought of the content and challenges with the latest Omicron WHERE THE LOCALS SHOPWHERE THE LOCALS SHOP Now, the Dorrigo Dramatic Club themes, and they really enjoyed it. wave, so myself and a couple of is bringing the play to the Old So the Club and committee were the actors have had Covid during Gazette Th eatre, and director Tamar very encouraging. rehearsals, so that has been challenge Collier cant wait to introduce it to “Its my directorial debut as well, with such a large cast. Nursery • Mulch • Woodchip local audiences. and its quite a big play, as Ive found “Getting everyone together when G “Its a fantastic play, a bit out since weve been getting it ready. we have fl u and Covid throwing Soils • Sands • Aggregate outrageous and I think were going Ive been realising more and more spanners is a kind of Sword of to get a few raised eyebrows from what a big undertaking it is. Damocles over us all the time. Cement products • Gravel our possibly more conservative “It has lots of parts, has very quick But weve had good momentum, members of the community who dialogue, very biting. Its one that rehearsing three times a week, and might be a little disapproving,” needs a lot of pacing and a lot of everyone is excited to get this on NEW DRIVE -TRU! Tamar laughed. energy, but were going to do it stage. Everyone wants to dig deep “But thats ok, thats what justice and have put our own spin on and put the eff ort in, and we want theatre does. I think itll be really it. Im hoping that it will be one that to make the most of that for each exciting. Its content that I think lands really well with our audiences.” other, and for the audience. is appropriate for the area, given With a strong cast and crew – not “Its going to be great.” its about three couples who make to mention the strength of the script the tree change from the city to a itself – Th e Beast will no doubt be For tickets, visit www. rural area for a new organic, ethical a cultural highlight, as long as the sustainable life. 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