AN AUSTRALIAN ADAPTATION of a much loved classic story is being performed during the Anywhere Theatre Festival.
The Secret Garden has been cleverly adapted to the Australian Outback.
15 year old Mary having been orphaned in India travels to her uncle’s outback cattlestation in Queensland to begin a new life. Arriving as a lonely, stuck -up teenager only knowing Indian customs and having been brought up mostly by servants she is suddenly confronted by the true blue Australian country way of life of 1923.
Under the strict and watchful eye of the head housekeeper, Mrs Medlock, Mary has to come to terms with herself and her new life. She meets her wheel-chair bound cousin Colin and soon befriends an Aboriginal worker who teaches her about Aboriginal beliefs and the powerful healing of nature.
Through the magic of nature, friendships and a mix of poetry from Patterson and Kipling she helps her cousin walk for the first time. This is an uplifting and inspirational story that shows that anything is possible and never to underestimate the power of nature.
The play is being performed in the Peregian Beach Community Garden known as the Veggie Village and features well-known local Noosa actor Eileen Walder.
Aspiring youth actors from the Noosa area as well as John Walter Whiting from the Wakka Wakka tribe make up an engaging cast.
The production is being produced by Helena Wylie from a new production company called Red Robin Entertainment and the cleverly adapted “Australiana” script has beenwritten by Roger Wylie. Directed by Paul Ritchie and Rachel Halverson. Bookings can be made through the Anywhere Theatre and all information firstname.lastname@example.org
After the Anywhere Festival the play is due to be performed at the Brisbane Children’sHospital and later in the year as a fund raiser for drought stricken famers in QLD. Performances – Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2019 at 5pm and Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May at 2.30pm
bookings at anywhere.is/secretgarden