Spectrum’s double bill

Jodie Meaker, Michelle Pettigrove and Amanda Rafferty in Seeds which was written by Michelle Pettigrove.

Jodie Meaker, Michelle Pettigrove and Amanda Rafferty in Seeds which was written by Michelle Pettigrove.

Spectrum Theatre Group’s upcoming production Take Two, a double bill of laughter and longing, includes two plays written by local writers.

The cast of Hands up who's not here! David Foster, Di Johnson, John Fraser, Greg Whitby, Denise Dion, Loretta Walsh, Aria Little and Ben Pettit.

The cast of Hands up who's not here! David Foster, Di Johnson, John Fraser, Greg Whitby, Denise Dion, Loretta Walsh, Aria Little and Ben Pettit.

Seeds written by Michelle Pettigrove and directed by Frankie J Holden explores the agony and the expectation, the dreams and the realities, the ins and the outs, of IVF. The cast includes Michelle Pettigrove, Amanda Rafferty, Jodie Meaker and Amber Little. 

It is both a heartbreaking and humorous insight into the minds and lives of four diverse women on a common quest for fulfilment. 

Four women in search of fulfilment, Michelle Pettigrove, Jodie Meaker, Amber Little and Amanda Rafferty during rehearsals for Seeds.

Four women in search of fulfilment, Michelle Pettigrove, Jodie Meaker, Amber Little and Amanda Rafferty during rehearsals for Seeds.

Author Michelle Pettigrove said she originally wrote Seeds as a one-woman, one act play which was produced in the 2001 ‘Festival of One’ in Adelaide. This is the first time it has been presented by a cast of four.

“Seeds was written towards the end of my two-year long, unsuccessful IVF ordeal. Ultimately, however, I was unable to perform the original role in the play’s premiere as I was heavily pregnant,” Pettigrove said.

“Most of the elements that make up the stories in Seeds are from my own experience but I respect that everyone’s journey is different. I hope that by sharing these experiences, women will see that they are not alone, or crazy for wanting and going to extraordinary lengths to have a child,” Pettigrove said.

Hands up who’s not here! is written and directed by John Fraser. The play reveals the crazy consequences when when three couples are duped into spending a free weekend at what they believe is a five star bush retreat.

Cast includes David Foster, Di Johnson, John Fraser, Greg Whitby, Denise Dion, Loretta Walsh, Aria Little and Ben Pettit.

Di Johnson and John Fraser in Hands up who's not here!.

Di Johnson and John Fraser in Hands up who's not here!.

It’s a hilarious look at how the three different couples react when things don’t go quite as expected.

Writer and director John Fraser also plays one of the roles in the play and was prompted to write the play after considering how dependent we have all become on electricity and modern conveniences.

“I recall going to Towamba with a mate where his mother used to cook on a solid fuel stove and it struck me that you had to light a fire before you could eat. Less than 100 years ago a lot of people didn’t have cars or electricity and I started to wonder what would happen to people today. That’s when the idea struck me,” Fraser said.

Take Two, a double bill of laughter and longing will be performed at Twyford Hall, Merimbula September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, starting at 7.30pm. These performances are all cabaret style. There are two theatre style seating performances September 9, 16 at 2pm. All performances $35. Warning - the play 'Seeds' contains adult themes. To book tickets visit www.spectrumtheatregroup.com.au.

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