Two plays triumph at the Roxy

November 9, 2011

Opening Night for the North West Theatre Company’s two one Act plays was last Saturday. A good crowd attended the performances with people travelling from as far away as Armidale and Moree to attend.

The fascinating and moving dialogue in both Rick Hutton’s The Playing Fields of Eden and A R Gurney’s Love Letters had the potential to lull the audience into believing that all will be well and love will prevail, before gradually making it evident that it will not.

The latest production from the North West Theatre Company presents two one Act plays at the Roxy that are very different in content and performance, yet are linked by the common theme of love. In The Playing Fields of Eden, which is based on an actual event that occurred in 1912 at Pallal Station near Bingara, the perils of isolation, loneliness and jealousy bring a young married couple to catastrophe.

Love Letters, in contrast, takes the audience on two people’s journey of friendship, self discovery, love and loss over a period of forty years.The elegantly simple set complements the essence of the two plays which is their dialogue.

Jessica Russell-Davies and Nicholas Hutton ably play the young married couple in The Playing Fields of Eden, while Rick Hutton and Nedine Young are endearingly comfortable on stage as the letter writers in Love Letters.  The American accents demanded in Love Letters are impressively convincing from start to finish.

The success of the plays lies with their power to totally enthrall the audience, constantly challenging it to participate in the emerging themes. Bingara is fortunate to have the actors and production crew capable of presenting such professional  performances.

Three further performances will be staged this weekend on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as a matinee on Sunday afternoon.