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FAMDA is seeking a cast for its upcom-
ing staging of The Web by Australian ac-
tor and playwright Kate Mulvany.
As an actor Mulvany’s film credits include The
Great Gatsby and television appearances in shows
such as The Hamster Wheel, The Underbelly Files,
All Saints, Blue Heelers and The Chasers War on
On stage she has played lead roles with major
Australian theatre companies and she won the 2017
Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play
for her mesmerising performance of the title role in
Richard 3 with Bell Shakespeare.
Mulvany is a prolific and successful playwright.
In 2004 she won the Philip Parsons Young Play-
wrights Award for The Seed, a play she wrote about
an Australian Vietnam veteran and his daughter.
Since then there have been more than 20 plays.
Her adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones
has been staged in Perth and Sydney and by the Mel-
bourne Theatre Company, while her adaptation of
Media has been performed internationally.
The Web was commissioned by Albury-Wodon-
ga’s HotHouse Theatre, who wanted a play with a
rural setting, and then staged by Perth’s Black Swan
State Theatre Company.
Mulvany declares that The Web is not a geek play.
The focus is the story of two fictional boys, head-
strong Travis and introverted Fred, and examines
the nature of their friendship, and the way friendship
curdles into hate, through love and isolation.
“The criminal investigation became this journey
through lie after lie being told by one of the boys,”
“And I thought I might transcribe that into a rural
setting in Australia, and the play itself has become
more of an examination about what it is to belong
somewhere, what it is to be lonely, to be socially
ostracised, particularly in a country town, so it has
taken on a whole other world, but I kept those two
“It’s about what is truth, about not taking things
at face value, and also about friendship, the different
forms, particularly contemporary friendships. For
instance, on Facebook you can accept or ignore your
friends, or people who want to be friends. Does that
make us better friends or worse friends?”
FAMDA’s production of this intriguing play is
being directed by Sue Lindsay with performances
scheduled from April 27 to May 5 at the Foster War
Memorial Arts Centre.
The character list calls for three 16 year old teen-
agers (two boys and a girl), plus the mother of one
of the boys and a policeman.
Sue plans to expand the cast by incorporating
non-speaking roles for extra actors/dancers and she
is taking a flexible approach to cast ages.
Sue lists the casting requirements as:
• two men under 30 to play teenage boys;
• one man aged 40-plus to play a police officer;
• one woman aged 30-plus to play the mother of
one of the boys;
• one woman under 25 to play a teenage girl;
• four to six actors or dancers, male or female of
any age, as the non-speaking chorus.
Auditions will be held by appointment between
February 8 and 13.
Anyone interested in being involved in FAM-
DA’s staging of The Web must contact Sue Lindsay
Brand new Australian play for FAMDA
Relatable show: FAMDA will perform the
play The Web, written by Australian actor
and playwright Kate Mulvany.
Sue will then provide more details, negotiate an
audition time and send script extracts to read before-
Sue is keen to have young people involved ei-
ther as actors or being mentored in backstage roles,
lighting, stage management, hair and make-up, set
construction, whatever your interest. Anyone keen to
be involved behind the scenes is warmly invited to
ALBERTON Primary School welcomed
new teacher Mrs Vanessa Wheeler into
their school community last week.
Mrs Wheeler has taught previously at Devon
North Primary School and Morwell Central Pri-
She will be teaching Grade 2 and 3 classes two
days per week.
“She has a lot of experience in literacy and
we’re very excited to have her on staff,” principal
Malissa Nicol said.
New teacher: from left, Alberton Primary
School students Emma, Jed, Isabella and
James with their new teacher Mrs Vanessa
Wheeler during the first week back last
Happy Preps: from left, St Mary’s Primary School Prep students Grace, Jikaya, Arlin, Amba and Inara enjoyed
their first week of school last week.
New school for St Mary’s
ST MARY’S Primary School
welcomed 10 new Prep stu-
dents last Wednesday.
The school is comfortably sitting at
72 enrolments this year, compared to 77
A refurbishment of the main school
building was completed over the sum-
The building has been utilised by
building open learning spaces for the
“What we’re trying to do is have
open learning spaces for the children’s
independence to grow,” principal Bren-
dan Maher said.
“Credit for the design and rollout
goes to former principal Jodie Ware and
the current staff team.”
A welcoming open community
meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb-
ruary 13 at 7.30pm to meet and get to
know the new principal Mr Maher.
New teachers: St Mary Primary School made new teachers Ashleigh
Morgan from Woodside and Ashlee Elliot from Yarram feel welcome
during their of teaching last week.
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