Saturday, April 12th, 2014

A FAMOUS young adult novel, inspired by a true story, comes to the Garrick Theatre stage this May.

Written by John Marsden and directed by Gail Lusted, So Much To Tell You focuses on the 14-year-old Marina who withdrew into silence after she received a facial disfigurement in an accident.

The play explores how family breakdowns can be emotionally destructive, as well as physical, and how emotional effects can be observed in many different ways. 

Marina is sent to a boarding school in the hope she will recover from her “anorexia of speech” and learns everyone has their own traumas to deal with but, until there is forgiveness and realisation, the emotional pain will carry on.

Lusted was inspired to direct So Much To Tell You because she wanted to bring some fresh blood to the theatre.

“John Marsden is one of Australia's top young adult authors, responsible for Tomorrow When The War Began,” she said.

So Much To Tell You has been sitting on my bookshelf for many years just waiting to be performed.

“It has plenty of juicy parts for actresses, which is quite rare in theatre, and I was indeed inundated with talented, enthusiastic teenage girls at the audition, which caused a lot of headaches because I wanted to include them all.

“The exploration of the emotional impact that family and friends have is also universal and ageless.”

Involved with theatre in Brunei and the UK before emigrating to Australia, Lusted has directed several shows for Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Majkidz, Stargate Actors Academy and Ursula Frayne Catholic Primary School and has taken to the stage at the Old Mill Theatre in Hamlet, Jake’s Women, We Happy Few and A Conversation.

In 2012, she was named best actress in a lead role for Calendar Girls at Garrick Theatre.

With So Much To Tell You, Lusted believes her biggest challenge is controlling a group of excited teenage girls.

“Many scenes are episodic and short, which can make it more difficult for character development,” she said.

“And I’ve still yet to figure out how to get eight beds on a smallish stage while leaving room for people to move around.

“I am also aware of the sensitive issues within this play and want to make sure we do them justice – after all, this is someone’s story.”

So Much To Tell You plays at 8pm, May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 with 2pm matinees May 4 and 11.

Tickets are $20, $17 concession, $15 children – book on 9378 1990 or [email protected]

Garrick Theatre is at 16 Meadow Street, Guildford, opposite the Stirling Arms Hotel and Guildford Town Hall.



so much-marina: Elizabeth Offer plays Marina, a girl with a facial disfigurement, in the stage version of the popular young adult novel So Much To Tell You this May.

so much-friends: So Much To Tell You is being staged at Garrick Theatre this May with Nadharin Yahya, Abigail Morritt, Genevieve Hickson and Clare Smale (back row) and Georgia Kinnane, Elizabeth Offer and Nicola Kinnane.

so much-nasty girls: Marina (Elizabeth Offer, right) is sent to a boarding school after receiving a facial disfigurement in So Much To Tell You and does it tough from the other girls Tracey (Brittany Isaia), Kate (Katie Toner) and Sophie (Darcie Azzam).

so much-teachers: Teacher Miss Lindell (Mary Murphy, bottom left) gives support to Marina (Elizabeth Offer) in So Much To Tell You, compared to mean house mistress Mrs Graham (Kelly van Geest, top left) and Miss Curzon (Sereena Coleman).

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Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre is situated in the heritage town of Guildford, Western Australia. The club was named after the famous English actor and dramatist, David Garrick. Founded in 1932, Garrick is the longest-running community theatre in the Perth metropolitan area.

On April 16, 1932, Mrs W Dancer and a few friends met at "Riversleigh" where it was decided to form a repertory club. On May 13, 1932, Garrick Theatre Club was born. This group gathered regularly at "Riversleigh" until more permanent premises were obtained at the Mechanic's Institute in Guildford.

Later, the move to the club's present home in Meadow Street was made possible with the assistance of the local council, whose interest in Garrick's aims and activites has never waned. This home was constructed in the early days of the Swan River Colony and served initially as quarters for the Commissariat. The building is heritage-listed. Various renovations and additions have taken place over the decades - perhaps most notably a new stage with revolve in the 1990s.
Over more than eight decades, Garrick Theatre has brought to the community a wide variety of entertainment. In its turn, it has received many awards and today is one of the most respected community theatre groups in the State. The club is run entirely by members on a voluntary basis.

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