Dark comedy DRY opening next month

Dry: The dark comedy will be in Port Augusta next month.
Dry: The dark comedy will be in Port Augusta next month.

Port Augusta will be treated to a new play next month, with inspiration taken from our outback location.

DRY is a brand new dark Australian comedy about an industrial town where the desert meets the sea. Two sisters, the last inhabitants of the once thriving community, defiantly refuse to leave their family homestead on the outskirts.

Playwright Catherine Fitzgerald is a highly-respected local South Australian writer, director and actor known for her work with Adelaide's theatre companies and festivals.

Ms Fitzgerald said that out area was in part an inspiration for the play.

"DRY is a dystopian 'Western' inspired by the resilient inhabitants of many Australian outback towns especially those of NW South Australia," she said.

"I love to create work that is not only highly theatrical but also interrogates our responsibility to each other and to the environment, especially in these uncertain and turbulent times, and that celebrates the joy of being alive.

"I love experimenting with form so that I can marry it with content in a way that I hope touches people and allows them to question the world in which we live and hopefully will be spurred to engage, think and act.

"That's what I'm aiming for with DRY."

Adelaide-based, landscape photographer Alex Frayne, whose images have been recognised internationally, is DRY's resident photographer.

His photography of the South Australian outback will be creatively projected throughout the performance as the outback becomes a fourth performer.

The mainly South Australian cast and crew also includes Fitzgerald as director, dramaturg Patricia Cornelius, composer Catherine Oates, set and costume designer Gaelle Mellis, lighting and AV designer Nic Mollison with performers Eileen Darley, Caroline Mignone and Stephen Tongun.

The show will be in town on Saturday November 13 at the Lea Memorial Theatre. Bookings can be made through the country arts website.