A True Story of Heroism

Actor and co-creator, Steph Iredale

Last week, I stumbled upon an art gallery (which was doubling as a theatre at night) in Newcastle, NSW. After a glass of wine at the door and a quick glance over the place, I decided to stay and watch the “show”… and I’m mighty glad I did!

True Stories of Heroism and Adventure is an epic tale of three escapees from the oppressive normality of city life. Created by Stephanie Iredale, Julian Dibley-Hall, Emily Morrison & Max Rapley the show is an audio-visual feast of fresh, interactive theatre.

Devised in 2009, directed by Rapley, and performed by Iredale, Dibley-Hall and Morrison, True Stories explores the ‘travel experience’ in an interactive dreamscape, questioning why so many young people run away to find themselves.

Actor and co-creator, Steph Iredale (pictured) says it’s been a long journey, but a worthwhile experience.

“We devised the show ourselves, working with a dramaturg who is now at NIDA. We’ll perform in Bowral, Newcastle, Sydney… all leading up to our season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival”, she says

“We have had such great responses so far – it’s been wonderful. Most of the stories in the show are based on our own experiences, so it’s great to see reactions of audiences who relate to us!”

The rather effective, small set enables the company known as Co2 to relocate and perform almost anywhere.

“Our space at the Adelaide Fringe is quite small, so we devised the show with specific dimensions in mind. But it makes for easy bump outs!”, says Iredale.

True Stories of Heroism and Adventure is playing in Sydney tomorrow night (Friday 19th February) at the Cellar Theatre, University of Sydney, 8pm.

During the Adelaide Fringe Festival, True Stories will be performed at the Iris Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide, with all performances beginning at 7pm.

Adelaide Season: February 24th – March 13th.

Tickets available at www.fringetix.com.au 

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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