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From left, senior explorers James Moreau, Peter Gough, Sonia Borenstein, Cate Feldmann, Owen Trevor-Jones and director Ray Thomas, pictured front. Photo Jeff Dawson
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Actors from the Drill Hall Theatre Company have been working hard with Welsh director Ray Thomas as they practise for their international tour.

They are mounting a co-production of the Australian play Do Not Go Gentle by Patricia Cornelius with The Everyman Theatre from Cardiff, Wales.

President of the Drill Hall Theatre Company Michael Borenstein said, ‘This co-production between two amateur companies from different hemispheres is an amazing achievement.’

‘We never imagined that the Drill Hall would become an international touring theatre company.’

By late August, eight of the Drill Hall company will join their colleagues in Cardiff for the final rehearsals before the opening at The Everyman Theatre on September 5.

The combined company of nine actors (five from the Drill Hall Theatre Company and four from Everyman) will then travel to Mullumbimby for six performances from October 13.

Borenstein says, ‘Do Not Go Gentle has won numerous awards but has never been produced by a major state theatre company.’

‘The Drill Hall is committed to producing works from the canon of Australian plays.

Co-production

‘I am hoping that this international co-production of a significant Australian play will be the first of many that the Drill Hall will produce and tour,’ continued Borenstein.

The play uses the metaphor of Robert Falcon Scott’s long and ultimately fatal trek to reach the South Pole in 1912. It tells the story of five elderly characters, Scott, Wilson, Oates, Evans and Bowers, and the play’s theme is about expanding the experience of the ageing process.


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