Park Bench Plays at Old Mill Theatre Western Australia

Ever wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation? With six short plays set on a park bench, here’s your chance.

Written and directed by Perth playwright Noel O’Neill, the latest in his “park bench series” is being presented by Maverick Theatre Productions at the Old Mill Theatre.

The Unforgiven deals with a homeless man and a lonely woman, where one person is a victim of her own innocence and the other is a casualty of circumstances beyond his control.

It’s followed by Three Way Split, a story of a woman who wishes to be married again but wants the blessing of her two ex-husbands before she walks down the aisle.

In Man’s Best Friend, a man risks his relationship with his girlfriend because of his obsession with his dog while The Lake sees three women meeting in the same spot each year to honour the drowning death of one of their children.

The Passion Play is a comedy about an egotistical, lecherous theatre director who has walked out of auditions for an Easter play about the crucifixion because his wife auditioned for the role of the Virgin Mary.

Out of Sight features an agent trying to convince a stand-up comedian who is losing his vision to go on stage with a seeing-eye dog.

For three performances, The Passion Play will be swapped out for Two Birds With One Stone, as two men damaged by alcohol and drugs visit the grave of a priest – but they have not come to pay their respects.

The park bench series plays at 7.30pm August 31, September 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 with 2pm matinees September 3 and 10. Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at trybooking.com/BXCAJ

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

 

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