Play about love and grief captures WA landscape

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Jindalee pizza delivery driver Jacob Lane, left, plays Ben in Tim Winton’s Shrine with Alec Fuderer as Will.

JINDALEE pizza delivery driver Jacob Lane is appearing in a deeply moving and sometimes confronting play from Tim Winton this February.

Shrine is set on WA’s south coast and explores the themes of love, grief and the way those who have passed endure through the memories of the living.

The play tells of a couple struggling to recover from the loss of their son Jack after a car accident – a year later, all they have left is a scar on a tree next to a roadside shrine and an abundance of unanswered questions.

But then a young woman named June turns up on the doorstep with a story about their son’s final hours.

Lane plays Ben, one of Jack’s friends who also involved in the accident.

“He means well but can easily be persuaded to do some unethical things by his friends and people he looks up to,” he said.

“The play has some very heavy scenes and Ben is very much involved in a few of them.

“Those scenes are a challenge because they make me a bit uncomfortable to perform as an actor.”

Originally acting in plays and musicals while at high school, Lane appeared in A Clockwork Orange last year with his Shrine ­­co-stars Phil Barnett, Alec Fuderer and Jessica Brooke.

“I was familiar with some of Tim Winton’s other works and Shrine was an opportunity to bring one of his most incredible and moving plays to life,” he said.

Director Kayti Muprhy said as soon as she read Shrine, she knew it was something special and wanted to bring it to the stage.

“Tim Winton’s writing beautifully encapsulates the WA landscape so much that it is an extension of the characters themselves.

“You can feel, through his writing, the magic and majesty of nature and how it can shape us while showing us how interconnected we all are.”

Tim Winton’s Shrine plays at Melville Theatre at 8pm on February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1 and 2 with a 2pm matinee on February 24.