A HEARTFELT family drama exploring love, loss and life will have its world premiere at Roleystone Theatre this March.
Written and directed by Mark Thompson, A House That Jack Built is about parties, family and friends and has equal doses of tragedy, humour and honesty.
Set on two different birthdays in the same man’s life, the play is inspired by events and stories from the playwright’s life.
“A House That Jack Built features stories that all families love to tell,” Thompson said.
“The play was written in memory of my grandfather who, at the time, had been given six months to two years to live.
“Happily, he was able to read the final script but sadly he won’t be at opening night.”
Originally performing as a small child, simply because his older brother was acting, Thompson took a more serious turn in high school and embraced a passion for the stage.
Roles in Macbeth, Othello and Guys and Dolls followed, along with a turn as Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
Since then, Thompson has appeared with Laughing Horse Productions, Phoenix Theatre, Nine Lives Productions and the Rockingham Children’s Choir in shows such as The Pirates of Penzance, Oliver!, The Wind in The Willows and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As A House That Jack Built is his first written work to be performed, he also wanted to direct it.
“It’s also my first foray into directing, which is a little bit daunting, but I couldn’t have a better place to start,” Thompson said.
A House That Jack Built plays at 8pm March 21, 22, 28 and 29. Tickets are $16, $12 concession – book on (08) 9397 5730 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.
Please note: the play contains some coarse language and adult themes.
Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.
house1: Liam Borbas, left as the young Jack in A House That Jack Built with his stage parents (his real-life father Paul Borbas and actor Fiona Blakeley.
house2: Jack’s aunt (Montanna Tickner, left) at odds with her husband (Brad Towton) in the world premiere of A House That Jack Built.
jack1: Liam Borbas, top, and Sam Barnett, bottom, play Jack at different stages of his life in A House That Jack Built.
Roleystone Theatre in WA has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as a choral and amateur dramatic society. The theatre group you see today has been evolving since the 1970s when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals.
The theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well known for the quality of our performers, sets and technical work.
The building itself has undergone many alterations however the bulk of the auditorium is an art-deco original and is Heritage listed. The building has facilities for persons with a disability or limited mobility, including ramps into the foyer and auditorium as well as an allocated restroom. For your comfort air conditioning and comfortable, padded chairs are features of othe auditorium.
There is also a licensed bar and well-stocked kiosk to cater for your refreshment needs at all performances.
M: 0434 417 369