Emotions running high in double theatre showing

HEART WRENCHING: The first of two one-act plays explores the personal side of service in the military.
HEART WRENCHING: The first of two one-act plays explores the personal side of service in the military. Tessa Mapstone

LOVE and loss, duty and futility are intertwined in a moving production staged by the Nanango Theatre Company.

The Knock on the Door is one of two one-act plays showing at the weekend.

Set over a 100-year period from Gallipoli to Afghanistan, the play follows the lives of the people left behind as their loved-ones are deployed in the theatres of war.

Director Tracy Clark said the deeply emotional journey portrayed exquisitely by the amateur actors brought up questions of what war meant.

"It shows the futility of war, but it's not anti-war," she said.

"It doesn't disrespect anyone, but it talks about those families who are personally affected.

"I thought it was pertinent, particularly this year."

Seasoned actress Linda Hall plays Gladys, the mother of Robert, played by Eli Bunyoung, who signs up and is killed at Gallipoli.

Her chilling performance of a mother, first desperate with worry, then in agonising mourning, is guaranteed to wet every eye in the room.

But Katie Campbell, who played young widow Cate and directed the second one-act play, the comedy Stroke, said the evening would end on a high note.

"Stroke is quite light and funny to balance out with The Knock on the Door," she said.

"It's performed by Year 11 students, two from Nanango and two from Kingaroy."

Night at the theatre

  • The Knock on the Door and Stroke will be performed on Friday and Saturday night at the Nanango Theatre Company, Elk St.
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children and pensioners.
  • Book at the Nanango Visitor Information Centre by phoning 41710100.

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