Lochie Beh, President of Lane Cove Theatre Company says it’s about enhancing the Company’s role as community storytellers.
“As a community theatre group, we only have the capacity to stage four full shows per year. Towards the end of last season, the committee felt that there was more that we could do to tell stories,” says Lochie.
“Performing in this minimalist way means that we can engage the community differently.”
The first of the play readings will be Churchill’s Gallipoli by local playwright Gordon Parker.
Gordon says that Churchill’s Gallipoli is a controversial and provocative play that explores the effect of Churchill’s bipolar disorder on seventy years of significant world events; in particular the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign.
“Churchill is one of the most inspirational leaders of all time, and with one of the most complicated personalities, being extremely erratic. I seek to put to the audience that the disastrous Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign lay in Churchill’s flawed decision making which reflected an undiagnosed bipolar disorder,” Gordon says.
“While he is well known to have had the ‘black dog’ of depression, the diagnosis of a bipolar disorder has only been entertained by three others. He is one of many leaders with the condition. In fact, 16% of the first 51 British PMs were thought to have Bipolar II Disorder.”
The play melds ‘The Kings Speech’ and ‘Lincoln’ genres with a voice of intensity, humour and poignancy.
When asked what he’s hoping the audience to feel, Gordon says he wants “the audience to find the play itself engrossing and also to contemplate if Winston Churchill had Bipolar Disorder II or whether his behaviour was simply the result of terrible parents and traumatic childhood experiences.”
As with any conversation about Winston Churchill, we simply had to ask, what is Gordon’s favourite quote.
“Hard to choose but probably ‘Stop interrupting me when I’m interrupting you.’ ”
This play reading is a free community event however a donation will be gratefully appreciated. Let us know you're coming by booking here. Our bar is cash only.
Churchill’s Gallipoli: A play reading
Saturday 30 March 2019 - 7.30pm
The Performance Space @ St Aidan’s
1 Christina Street, Longueville