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Halcyon Playhouse's debut production '100'

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Welcome… To Death

Halcyon Playhouse gives you just one hour to decide how you will spend eternity this July as they launch their debut stage production 100 by Neil Monaghan, Diene Petterle Christopher Heimann.

Presented as part of an ‘in the round’ experience, 100 investigates the theme of death and how you would decide to spend eternity. What would it be like to stop, step out, look at your life and would you reconsider your choices? The show plays within the Round Room at Hamilton Hill’s Memorial Hall, making it a unique sensory experience.

Four strangers recently deceased are now trapped in limbo, leaving them in a state of panic and confusion. The only means of escaping the void is by choosing a past memory in which to spend eternity. As each memory is revisited, the strangers fall further into despair. In order to choose, they must first discover more about themselves before time runs out...

The first production of 100 was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002 where it won a Fringe First Award for ‘Innovation in Theatre and Outstanding Production’. Following this success it was then performed in London at the Soho Theatre and enjoyed both a UK and an International tour.

The show features local talents, Kyal Wilkinson, James Dalgleish, Jessica Shallcross, Nikita Harwood as the four strangers, with Lee Wilson and Ryan S McNally as the not so honest Guides.

“There is a real good vs evil aspect to the Guide,” McNally said. “It’s been a lot of fun workshopping the character because it was originally played by only one actor. We read through the script and there was a moment where we thought, this doesn’t quite seem like the right dialogue to be coming from one person.”

Fellow Guide Wilson added, “When I first read the script, the big thing that stuck with me was that it really left you pondering something at the end. You enter the story with a bit of an idea and what you are going to get, but you came out the other end with this philosophical bubble in your head that you really wanted to get an answer to.”

The show has only been presented once before in Perth as part of an educational program through Curtain University. Halcyon Playhouse saw this as an opportunity to bring 100 to a wider audience and put their own stamp on the show.

“When I first read the play it really made me stop and think how I would like to spend eternity. It’s a big call – if you don’t think about certain people for your final memory they’re gone. That really attracted me to being involved with this production.” Shallcross explained. “I think the audience will be surprised by how much it pulls at your thoughts and heartstrings.”

“I don’t think I’ve come across a story that’s quite like this. It was a surprise for me just reading it.” Wilkinson added.

Director Alison J Kovacs, assisted by Devetta Ridgwell knew that they had their work cut out for them. One of the biggest challenges for the show is working in the round. “I’m really lucky to be working with such an amazing, talented group of people.” explained Kovacs.

“100 offers a unique experience for the audience, especially with such a challenging story. I am loving working with the cast and crew of 100 – it’s a beautiful production.” Said Dalgleish. “I think the audience are going to have expectations about what’s going to happen – they will expect to see certain things that actually won’t be there.” added Harwood.

100 plays at 7.30pm July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with a 2pm matinee on July 14.

Tickets are $20 adults, $18 concessions and children, plus transaction fees – book at
www.halcyonplayhouse.com or on 0422 394 749.

Please note: the show contains haze and flashing light effects. Raffle and program sales, along with funds raised from other activities, will go to Asthma WA, Helping Minds and Skyira.

The Round Room is located at 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, within the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.


Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 20, 2019


The Round Room
435 Carrington Street
Hamilton Hill, Western Australia


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