Black Swan State Theatre Company presents 'The Lighthouse Girl'
28 April 2017 to 14 May 2017
State Theatre Centre of WA
182 William Street
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THE LIGHTHOUSE GIRL
by Hellie Turner
based on the novels by Dianne Wolfer
“The Expeditionary Force is on its way! I spent the whole time waving and wondering if Charlie could see me from his ship.”- Fay
A courageous story that inspired the roaming spectacular of The Giants.
Fay, a sweet young girl, lives an isolated life with her lighthouse keeper father on the bleak, windswept Breaksea Island in the Great Southern region of WA. With the outbreak of war in 1914, Fay ﬁnds purpose in transcribing Morse code messages from soldiers stationed offshore, becoming their last hope of getting messages to their loved ones before heading to the frontline. On the other side of the country in rural Victoria, Charlie and his best mate Jim abandon the outback for the excitement and adventure of seeing the world. As soldiers in the Light Horse Brigade, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline.
This gentle play entwines the lives of Fay and Charlie and brings to life the stories of those left at home during the war waiting, wondering, hoping… and the struggles of the young men who valiantly enlisted to help defend their country. Based on Albany author Dianne Wolfer’s wonderful novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy, this evocatively written play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.
The world premiere of The Lighthouse Girl will take place in Albany (21 to 22 April), the birthplace of the ANZAC story, before its season in Perth.
A Rio Tinto Black Swan co-commission, in association with the Albany Entertainment Centre
A Black Swan Lab production
Tickets available here: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=LIGHTHOU17
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