ONE of Australia’s most celebrated recent plays, part of the current drama curriculum for Year 11 and 12 students, is being brought to life by ARENAarts (note to subs: this is correct) this autumn.
Written by Matt Cameron and directed by Louise Collins at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre, Ruby Moon starts off like a fairytale and eventually becomes a twisted whodunit set in sinister, contemporary suburbia.
Set in picture-perfect Flaming Tree Grove, the story follows a couple struggling to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of their young daughter, Ruby, who left to visit her grandmother and never came back.
They are almost ready to give up hope – until the arm of Ruby's doll turns up in their letterbox. Desperate for answers, they quiz their eccentric neighbours about the incident.
In 2003, the play was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.
“Ruby Moon is a fractured fairy tale based on Little Red Riding Hood,” Collins said.
“The play isn't actually about Ruby or what happened to her; it’s about her parents dealing with the fact their only daughter is gone.”
Becoming involved in drama as a 10-year-old with the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Collins continued her studies at high school and appeared in numerous productions, including Alice in Wonderland.
Her passion never waned and she is now studying theatre and drama at Murdoch University where she has also performed with Second Chance Theatre in Waste.
Collins first studied Ruby Moon while in Year 12 and fell in love with the play.
“I love the questions the play leaves for the audience and the fact it’s not really resolved,” she said.
“I have always loved the story of Little Red Riding Hood and this new and twisted interpretation of the fairytale.
“Given this is the first major show where I’m directing, I wanted it to be a play I knew well.”
Ruby Moon plays at 8pm March 27, 28, April 2, 3, 4, 16, 17 and 18 with 2pm matinees March 29 and April 5. Tickets are $20, $16 concession – book on 9497 5140 or at http://www.trybooking.com/126727.
The Latvian Centre Theatre is at 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont.
ruby1-2: Natalie Aung Than and Justin Crossley play the parents of Ruby, a child who goes missing in Ruby Moon.
ruby3: Natalie Aung Than plays Sylvie, the mother of the missing Ruby in Ruby Moon.
ruby 4: Emily Theseira is Veronica Vale in Ruby Moon with Justin Crossley as Ray, the father of the missing Ruby.
ARENAarts is an independent, West Australian, not-for-profit arts organisation producing and supporting such projects as professional co-op shows and community theatre, as well as theatre-for-schools productions.
Our work includes such things as Wyrd Sisters, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Santa's Space Christmas, Doctor Who: Hellblossom, Northanger Abbey and The Storykeeper.
We aim to provide creative opportunities in the arts to encourage the growth of local, grassroots arts projects and to create works to reach new and existing audiences.
Since 1988, we have produced more than 155 arts projects, which have had more than 4300 performances for an audience in excess of 1 million.
ARENAarts community theatre productions are completely run by volunteers, from the actors to the director, as well as everyone involved behind the scenes. The productions are held at a variety of venues all across the Perth metropolitan area. They are tremendous fun and a great way to learn skills and make friends. Great for those just starting out in the industry as well as seasoned performers.
ARENAarts co-op productions are the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to put on a professional production but are in need of funding, set and props and/or mentorship.
ARENAarts theatre-for-schools program offers touring educational productions that cater for junior to upper primary children.
M: 0430 401 551