Actor and director Fraser Cornfield.
Actor and director Fraser Cornfield. Contributed

Country teens’ story on stage for audiences of all ages


“Wouldn’t it be great to have a land where everything is made out of sugar?”

“But it would make you sick, wouldn’t it?”

“I suppose it would, but I’d live there anyway”.

For the characters in Sugarland, there are many elements of the town they live in that makes them sick, but they are certainly never going to live.

The next stage show to hit Lismore City Hall will be a production by Australia Theatre For Young People, part of NORPA’s 2016 Theatre For Schools Program.

Directed by Fraser Corfield and David Page, it tells the story of a group of teenagers in a remote Australian location near Katherine.

Fraser Corfield said it gives the play a special point of view.

“It’s interesting because it’s a part of Australia that we don’t get to see often on stage. It’s a beautiful and realistic story of predominantly Australian teenagers,” he said.

“It’s a story that, while it’s driven by teenager characters, strikes a chord with audiences of all ages”.

The play is about a frienship between Nina, a young woman from a community in the Top End and Erica, who has just moved to town because her dad is in the RAAF near Katherine.

Mr Corfield said the play uses that story to unpack some of the issues that go on in teenagers’ lives in Katherine.

“It’s very much a country story that speaks to regional and remote Australia,” he said.

There is plenty of local talent in this production with Mr Corfield and actress Xanthe Page both from the Northern Rivers.

“My mother and my family have moved to South Tweed but I always visit Uki, where I grew up, and interestingly Xanthe Page went to Murwillumbah High as well,” Mr Fraser said.

“Xanthe went from the Northern Rivers to NIDA in Sydney, and this is her very first big production out of NIDA.”


At Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, this Tuesday 7pm and Wednesday 11am. $42.

Recommended for 14 years or older. Coarse language, drug use and simulated self-harm. 80 minutes (no interval).

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