A Night at the Hopetoun Community Centre
Where’s my shopping List? I know it’s in my handbag somewhere, or maybe I left it at home on the fridge? Sound familiar? We all write Lists. Be it at work or home.
On the 30th of September at the Hopetoun Community Centre, Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council presented “The List”, a one woman play hosted by Fragmented Artists and directed by Suzanne Ingelbrecht.
Audience members were graced with an intriguing performance by Gemma Cavoli, who’s character, a woman in her thirties, interweaved the telling of how her friend died with the details of ongoing ‘lists’ of things she must do for her home and family. The performance had audience members delving into their own pasts, relating to this mother-character, laughing, sympathising, and holding back tears. A deep and almost thrilling ride of the character’s emotional journey, that most could very much relate to. It was a good thing the bar was open after the show.
Immediately after the performance was a Question and Answers session. This compelling drama exploring obsession, guilt and the power of friendship left the audience keen to ask questions of the Actor and Director. A wonderful compliment to the show, and a great opportunity for interaction between our community and the visiting artists.
Some comments from audience members included; “Quite a deep performance, it really made me think outside the box”, “The Q&A was an excellent addition to the show, it really made the night”, “I really enjoyed it, it was not something you get to see every day”, “I think we could all relate to the character”, “I didn’t really understand all of it, but I enjoyed it anyway” and "It was a great that RRAC presented a show that was a little different from your mainstream TV shows".
Those who joined in with food and festivities before and after the show wrote their own lists anonymously which were displayed on the night. Some of the lists were funny, some were serious, and some were downright saucy! The evening overall was relaxed and enjoyable. Thanks to Kristin’s Kitchen for the super tasty pre-show food, and to the RRAC Committee for supplying sweets. Most of all we thank the community for continuing to support the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council in its endeavours to bring our community together through Culture and the Arts.
Photography by Dene Bingham.
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is supported by the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.