MATER Dei College drama teacher Maree Grayden is exploring whether love is real, and if it really lasts, as part of the Old Mill Theatre’s latest offering.
Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Dale James, Honour follows a couple’s exhausting and confronting – yet also tender and poignant – journey through life and love.
George and Honor (played by Grayden) have been married for 32 years with a perfect understanding of each other.
But then a beautiful female journalist, sent to profile columnist George, methodically sets out to challenge that understanding and George suddenly has eyes for someone else.
“Honor epitomises her name; she is dignified, intelligent and forgiving,” Grayden said.
“She possesses many qualities we admire in others but it seems it’s still not enough to hold the love and attention of George, who she believed would be her lifelong companion.
“Honour interested me because I love the writing and the humour Joanna Murray-Smith finds in the situation and the way the all-too-familiar storyline plays out in its own refreshing way.”
James said she admired Murray-Smith’s writing and use of words.
“The play’s title is a play on words, given it’s the name of the wife and topic of the play, looking at whether there is honour in love,” she said.
“Does a history between two people deserve some honour?
“It’s a play about the eternal triangle and the respect, sense of duty and comfort between a couple who have been married for 32 years – what is it worth?
“Joanna gives you a blank canvas by not writing in stage directions or timeframes – she leaves the canvas for you to create the work upon, supplying the equipment for you to use.”
When: 8pm, October 13-15, 19-22 and 2pm, October 16
Where: Old Mill Theatre, South Perth
Tickets: $25 or $20 concession at oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets or on 9367 8719