Maleny Players to tour with local plays

THE Maleny Players are embarking on a tour! Eight actors will take three locally-written plays ‘out west’ to the prestigious Dalby Drama Festival on July 13-14. Before the festival, local theatre fans will have the chance to see the plays in a special preview performance at the Playhouse, Maleny Showgrounds, on Friday July 5, from 6-8pm. The preview will also serve as a fundraiser to support the troupe’s participation in the upcoming outback drama festival.
The event will feature a delicious finger-food supper with bar drinks, and scintillating swing music by Peter and Sista Paula
Three original short works written by acclaimed local playwrights, Jill Morris and Sharon Hirt, will be showcased on the night: Sweetpea, I Loved Him… DEAD by Sharon Hirt, and The Widows by Jill Morris.
Sweetpea recalls an affecting childhood tragedy, while I Loved Him… DEAD is a mystery based on addiction to anger.
The Widows offers some comedy but paints a poignant picture of five older women forced into minimal accommodation by widowhood amidst the current housing crisis. Jill Morris plays a character in her own penned play called ‘Yet Another Widow’, and Monica Rogers plays Josephine, a ‘widow’ too soon due to her husband’s care in a nursing home and her own dementia.
Tickets are $25.
Bookings can be made at Cash sales are available at Maleny Art Direct Gallery in Maple Street. For more information, phone Jill on 0427 624 090.