The Northern Star

Bloody Bride gives local insight

FORGET Othello and the canals of Venice, NORPA's latest production, The Bloody Bride, features three Lismore locals and a rusty caravan.

Julian Louis, NORPA's artistic director, said that while the show explored the universal themes of jealousy, love, marriage and death it also gave an insight into life on the Northern Rivers and the clash between a bleak urban environment and the region's spirituality.

Mr Louis, who will direct the show, said that when the creative team was developing the story, written by Hilary Bell, they visited local landmarks and met locals at the Lismore Living Library.

“We really looked at the local environment and thought about how characters would respond,” he said.

“There are so many creative people that have been drawn to this area.”

The play, which was inspired by Spanish dramatist Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, also explores the beauty and mystery of places not found in travel brochures, such as the dilapidated caravan owned by one of the central characters.

NORPA marketing manager Jeremy Sheaff said while previous productions had fleeting visits, The Bloody Bride not only involved around a dozen on the creative team, but will also show off the region when it travels nationally.

“We want to let locals know that they can make a living out of working in the creative arts,” he said.

Kyas Sherriff, who plays Cassie in the production, said she had taken a road trip around the region in preparation for her role.

“This show will appeal to a wide range of people. We hope even farmers will make the trip to see it,” she said.

The Bloody Bride opens on August 21 in the Star Court Theatre, Lismore. For tickets visit www.norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772.



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