Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
THE award-winning and highly-acclaimed Black and White is back by popular demand at the Subiaco Arts Centre this November.

Written by Eilannin Dhu and directed by Dannielle Ashton, it follows the journey of a young girl entrenched in a relationship of domestic violence and mental ill-health.

Now presented as a professional show by Burning Skye Productions, the play won a swag of awards at the recent Hills Festival of Theatre, including best overall production, best original play, best male actor and best female actor.

It also picked up best female actor and best director awards at the South West Drama Festival in September.

“The story focuses on a girl’s struggle to break out of the situation she’s in,” Ashton said.

“It’s a deeply-moving piece that keeps you on the edge of your seat.”

Ashton, who is also a youth worker, believes Black and White is an extremely important story to tell.

“It’s based on a true story involving an older guy and younger girl and the mental health issues he’s trying to come to terms with amid the domestic violence,” she said.

“One of the challenges was keeping the story truthful and real, ensuring the representation of the characters was accurate and believable.

“We also needed to remain sensitive about the story while the creative process was evolving.”

Ashton has a wealth of award-winning theatre credits to her name including best director for Trainspotting and best overall production for The Return and Indian Summer at the past three DramaFests and runner-up best play for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Sum of Us at the past two Finley Awards, among numerous others.

Joining Black and White is Pickles, written by Chris Thomas and also directed by Ashton, with Kyla Jones reprising her role following its debut during the Blue Room Theatre’s Solo Spot season earlier this year.

“It follows the story of a family so wrapped up in their day-to-day lives they don’t know what hidden dangers may be lying in wait from others in their street,” Ashton said.

Thomas said he wrote the script to be a challenge for actors.

“It's an opportunity for an actor to play five different roles in the same script, conveying different characterisations, including a small boy, elderly lady, emo teenager, bored housewife and frustrated husband,” he said.

Black and White and Pickles play at the Subiaco Arts Centre’s Studio at 8pm, November 20 and 7pm, November 21. Tickets are $16.50 – book through BOCS on (08)9484 1133.

The Subiaco Arts Centre is at 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco, Western Australia.

black & white1: Award-winning actors Krysia Wiechecki and Phil Barnett reprise their roles in Black and White this November.

b&w2: Krysia Wiechecki and Phil Barnett play characters in an extremely topsy-turvy relationship in Black and White at the Subiaco Arts Centre.

b&w3: Director Dannielle Ashton, centre, is bringing Black and White back to the stage by popular demand with actors Krysia Wiechecki and Phil Barnett.

b&w4: Actors Phil Barnett and Krysia Wiechecki discover the many colours found in relationships in Black and White.

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Burning Skye Productions is a professional theatre company set up by Dannielle Ashton in Perth, Western Australia, after more than 20 years' theatre experience that encompasses a wealth of awards across several genres.
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