EGLINGTON resident Gillian Binks is exploring what happens when people of widely different political views are forced to co-exist this August.
It’s a question posed in Let The Sunshine, a play from Australia’s most respected contemporary playwright, showing at Limelight Theatre in Wanneroo.
Written by David Williamson and directed by Tim Riessen, it’s a satirical comedy about 50-something sea-changers and their children.
When Toby, a hard-hitting documentary-maker, flees Sydney with his wife after a blow up with the media, he arrives at his old childhood haven.
But the simple town has been transformed into a playground for the wealthy and his old friend has become married to a wealthy property developer.
Thrown into the mix is the couple’s two headstrong offspring, a struggling musician and a ruthless corporate lawyer, and the scene is set for a vintage Williamson comedy.
Williamson is known for his extensive range of work including Don’s Party, The Club, Travelling North, Brilliant Lies and Money and Friends and the screenplays Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Phar Lap and Balibo.
Binks plays Natasha, a woman enjoying a life of leisure and luxury.
“It’s all thanks to her wealthy, businessman husband,” she said.
“She thinks her greatest achievement was her daughter.
“I am somewhat younger than Natasha and I have no children, so my challenge is to be a believable mother and grandmother in my late 50s.”
Beginning her love affair with theatre in 1986 in a production of Godspell, Binks has gone on to do a wide range of shows with Limelight Theatre, Playlovers and many other theatre groups.
She graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 1993 with a bachelor of arts in musical theatre and her production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was named best musical at the 1998 Finley Awards.
“With Let The Sunshine, it was two friends – whom I had acted with previously – that suggested me for the part when the original actress had to pull out.
“I enjoyed working with them so much on a production of Sordid Lives that I decided to get back on the boards after a three-year hiatus.”
Director Tim Riessen said he wanted to bring his vision of a play to life and, specifically, an Australian play.
“I’ve been fortunate to be in a number of productions in the past four years,” he said.
“Each one comes to life via the vision of the director.
“David Williamson is well-known as the quintessential Australian playwright with witty dialogue and an insight into the Aussie psyche.
“To bring that to life was a big part of what I wanted to do.”
Let The Sunshine plays at 8pm on August 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 with a 2pm matinee on August 20.