Travelling North coming soon to The Roxy

September 25, 2008

Travelling North is considered one of the finest plays by Australia’s best loved playwright and acknowledged living national treasure, David Williamson.

The production boasts the accomplished talents of Director Bruce Myles who recently directed the highly successful touring production of The Club. The Club, starring John Wood, was a sell out success when it appeared at The Roxy, Bingara in May this year.

There is no doubt that Travelling North will prove equally as popular as The Club when it is performed at The Roxy on Tuesday September 30, with tickets bound to be in high demand.

David Williamson’s effortlessly crafted play in the hands of astute director Bruce Myles and a terrific cast makes Travelling North a timeless pleasure. This beautifully crafted comedy proves that that life is about renewal, growth and moving on, and that love can be found at any age.

Set in the early 70s this beautiful play explores the attitudes of the era with great heart. Frank, a crotchety old political activist and retiree in his 70s and Frances, a 50s something divorcee, find new life in a twilight love affair, to the consternation of their conventional children.

Their dream takes them north to the sun, but no sooner do they find their idyll than signs of mortality betray Frank’s lion spirit. Travelling North is David Williamson’s tribute to the generation that fought for change in Australia from the 30s to the 70s.

The symbolism of escaping one’s past is wonderfully engaging, while the surrounding characters are used to reveal secrets and truths. Travelling North is about the wounds and regrets of lives whose outer surfaces are nothing like their inner depths. That’s why it stands the test of time.

David Williamson is one of Australia’s most prominent and prolific playwrights. His work spans politics (‘Don’s Party’), corporatism (‘Corporate Vibes’) and sport (‘The Club’). He also co-wrote the screenplay for the well-known Australian film production ‘Gallipoli.’

Williamson is known for his honest portrayal of the Australian character and identity, through human behaviour and idiosyncrasy and through a stage-bound presentation of the Australian landscape.

While Travelling North does have a serious side and looks at relationships between older people, it does naturally have much comedy as expected from Williamson. Terence Donovan (Division Four, Cop Shop, Sons and Daughters, Neighbours) Sandy Gore (Prisoner, Brides of Christ, Murder Call, A Country Practice,) and a stellar supporting cast, bring their characters to life in this genuine labour of love.

Don’t miss this exceptional production at The Roxy on Tuesday 30th September. Tickets: Adults $30, conc $25, family (2 adults + 2 children) $90, groups of 20 or more $22.50. Bookings can be made at the Bingara Tourist Information Centre on tel: 67 24 0066. Enquiries to Sandy McNaughton 0427 241 582 or roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au