Saturday, April 26th, 2014

A PLAY from the author of the Academy Award-winning To Kill A Mockingbird screenplay comes to Roleystone Theatre this May.

Written by Horton Foote, The Trip To Bountiful is a poignant story of an ageing widow unhappily living with her son and daughter-in-law in a small city apartment.

She longs to return to the town of Bountiful where she grew up and finally manages to make the journey, discovering more about her early life and disappointments along the way.

Ultimately, she is reconciled to the reality of her present situation and faces the future with peace.

Originally written for television in 1953, The Trip To Bountiful made its Broadway debut the same year and scored Tony, Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

It was revived for Broadway last year, scoring numerous Tony Award nominations.

Foote turned his script into a 1985 film, scoring an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay and a best actress Oscar for Geraldine Page.

“I first saw the celebrated movie version many years ago and thought it a beautiful and very moving story,” director Kim Martin said.

The Trip To Bountiful deals with many issues that people face at one time or another in their journey through life, whether it’s lost dreams, lost love, disappointments or family tensions.

“They’re all dealt with in a very compassionate yet realistic way – most audience members will find something they identify closely with.”

Involved in theatre for more than 40 years, Martin has been an actor, director, musical director, composer, playwright, lyricist and pianist for shows in Northam, Kalgoorlie and Roleystone.

He’s been a regular with Roleystone Theatre for the past three decades and has also worked with Attic Theatre and the Graduate Dramatic Society.

In 1985, Martin won the Finley Award for best musical for Esther and also scored the 2000 best play award for An Ideal Husband.

More recently, he has directed The Crucible, The Club, Influence and The Teahouse of the August Moon and performed in By Jeeves, Into The Woods, Cosi and A Month of Sundays.

“My main challenge with The Trip To Bountiful is to build the emotional climaxes while keeping the pace of the play flowing,” Martin said.

“It’s an intimate portrayal of life and we want to maintain that intimacy throughout.”

The Trip To Bountiful plays at 8pm May 9, 10, 14, 16 and 17 with a 2pm matinee May 11. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on (08) 9397 5730 or at

Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.



bountiful1: Patricia Bona, right, is Mrs Watts in The Trip To Bountiful at Roleystone Theatre, frustrated with her daughter-in-law, played by Sarah Shipcott. Picture: Zyg Woltersdorf

bountiful2: Mrs Watts (Patricia Bona, right) meets Thelma (Bree Hartley) on her journey to her home town in The Trip To Bountilful. Picture: Zyg Woltersdorf

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Roleystone Theatre

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.
Kim Martin
P: 08 9397 5669


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