All the pathos of life found in Dolores


A scene from Dolores.
A scene from Dolores.

A PROVOCATIVE human story about life, touched with glistening moments of humour, forms the basis of Fringe World Festival production Dolores.

Written by Edward Allan Baker and directed by former St Stephen’s School drama teacher Amanda Crewes, the 50-minute play sees Dolores escape her dangerously abusive husband and get help from her sister Sandra, who does not want to get involved.

“Their story is essentially a search for love after looking in all the wrong places,” Crewes said.

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“Baker writes with such humanity and humour that every woman who is a mother, daughter or sister will connect with these women and recognise something of themselves in them.

“But it’s not just a story for and about women; Dolores is a moving story with touches of humour that come up against harrowing moments of reality in a single moment of existence.”

Crewes, who set up The Actors’ Hub in 2012, said she was inspired to direct the play because “it captures the authentic truth of what it means to be human”.

“There is no escaping it – the play magically tells everyone’s story,” she said.

“You cannot watch it and leave saying ‘I really don’t understand what that was about’.

“You leave feeling a part of yourself has been exposed and understood.”

Dolores plays at The Laneway Lounge from 6.15pm on February 3, 4, 10, 11. Tickets are $25 or $23 concession at www.fringeworld.com.au.