Premier of Hungry Ghosts
Hungry Ghosts premieres on the Lismore Theatre Company’s Rochdale stage in Goonellabah on 28 April.
This new play by Northern Rivers local James May is set in Sydney in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics. It urges audiences to look beyond the stereotype of ‘the junkie’ and see the hopes, fears and dreams of these people who crave a fix and like most us, are searching for meaningful connection in their lives.
Central to the play is the relationship between Shayne (Elyse Dallinger) and Lily (Krystle Winter)
‘It’s tumultuous and toxic,’ says Director Junia Wulf. ‘Shayne is emotionally stunted. She wants to be in love but doesn’t really know what love is.’
Lily on the other hand knows what she wants from life and is focussed on her own advancement.
‘Lily doesn’t take her relationship with Shayne as seriously as Shayne does so she is surprised by Shayne’s feelings’, says Junia.
‘These are people who have feelings and a yearning for love, just like most of us’, Junia said, ‘but their capacity to give and receive love is somewhat limited.’
Other speaking roles in Hungry Ghosts are filled by Sarah Jane Loxton, Crystal Amber Bock and John McPherson.
The cast of Hungry Ghosts is fortunate to have input into the development of their characters from Karen Farrell, Manager Partnerships, Marketing and Communications at The Buttery.
‘The Buttery is pleased that LTC is producing this play that deals with the impacts of drugs and helps to de stigmatise the language around users and mental health conditions,’ said Karen.
In addition to this being a premiere of a new play, it is Junia Wulf’s first time Directing.
‘The set for Hungry Ghosts is minimalist so special lighting effects create atmosphere in the many scenes in settings such as a share house, a shopping mall and a nightclub’ said Junia.
There are also some haze effects using approved products that are hypoallergenic and safe for those with asthma.
Hungry Ghosts opens on 28 April for six performances over two weekends. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Bookings can be made at www.trybooking.com/CGBBS ($25/$20) or contact Jenny on 0402651394 for bookings of 10 or more at $15pp.
Phone Junia Wulf 0432309779