Tickets on sale for show about love, droughts and secrets

THIS weekend's theatre production at NORPA is a story about a farmer ravaged by drought, a love triangle and family secrets.

Thomas Murray & The Upside Down River, written by Reg Cribb and directed by Chris Bendall, premiered at Sydney's Griffin Theatre and its next stop was Lismore.

Tickets are still available for the premiere tonight at 7.30pm, and tomorrow's shows at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Following tonight's show there will also be a Q&A session outside the theatre with Mr Bendall and Mr Cribb.

Mr Bendall said the production centred around stories coming out of a time of drought.

"Thomas Murray is a farmer and his family have been farmers for generations," he said.

"It's about a time of drought but it's a love story. Thomas Murray's love from 15 years ago returns to town ... so there's a bit of a love triangle that ensues as well as a story about Thomas uncovering his family's history."

In the love triangle, Bjorn Stewart plays Billy, Francesca Savige plays Lucy and Grant Cartwright plays Thomas Murray.

Actors Francesca Savige and Bjorn Stewart perform in Norpa's latest production, Thomas Murray & the Upside Down River.
Actors Francesca Savige and Bjorn Stewart perform in Norpa's latest production, Thomas Murray & the Upside Down River. Cathy Adams

"The three grew up together, played together, hung out at the Murray farm, and things get a bit more complex when puberty hits," Ms Savige said.

"Things start to change and their relationships with each other grow a bit more intense then old childhood sweethearts," Mr Stewart said.

The inspiration for the production came to Mr Cribb on a trip to north-west New South Wales.

"Reg and I have been talking about doing this for a number of years so there's good history about how it all came about," Mr Bendall said.

"He was looking at the impacts of drought and looking at the stories around that time ... and he collected a lot of the stories."

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the NORPA website.

NORPA is located at Lismore City Hall at 1 Bounty St.



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