VISIT: Australian actor and writer Greg Cribb.
VISIT: Australian actor and writer Greg Cribb. Contributed

Reg Cribb keen to work here with NORPA

AUSTRALIAN author Reg Cribb is open to the idea of working with a regional theatre troupe, such as Norpa, developing new artwork.

Cribb, who wrote hit plays Last Cab to Darwin and The Return/Last Train to Freo, has seen both of those stage works translated to cinema.

He also wrote the screenplay for the award-winning 2009 film Bran Nue Dae.

Cribb has visited Byron Bay and has stayed with friends in Bangalow, Federal and Lismore a couple of times.

"It's lush and evocative," he said of the region, "I would love to find some stories (here)."

Asked if he would be talking to the Norpa team about a possible collaboration, Cribb said he would love to have such an exchange.

"I don't doubt it. I know Julian (Louis, Norpa's artistic director). I would love to do that," he said.

Cribb is currently working on a couple of projects.

"One is a screenplay for a film set in 1792 in Sydney Cove about Pemulwuy and Bennelong, the Aboriginal Eora people," he said.

Pemulwuy, an Aboriginal man born around 1750 in the area of Botany Bay, was famous for his resistance to the European settlement of Australia.

Cribb is also working on a screenplay for a film about Horrie the war dog, a little terrier the military adopted as a mascot for the troops during the Second World War.

Cribb will be discussing his career and current projects at the SAE Theatre in Byron Bay on April 14, from 7pm. $25.



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