Regional friends

Ella Hetherington and Brendan Ewing .
Ella Hetherington and Brendan Ewing .

Out of the 33, only six are considered to be close friends, while the 27 are social friends.

Best friends are not those one sees most often but those one thinks of most.

Men see friends every five days, while women see them every 3.5 days.

Both sexes see their best friend only one in eight weeks.

Those are the facts according to Ella Hetherington, who plays Cat in Shadowboxing, the second Black Swan Theatre production to tour schools and WA regional centres and aimed at ages 12 to 17.

The play has been designed to accommodate a wide range of communities throughout regional WA and is aligned to current social issues, especially social media and current Drama, English and Society and Environment curricula.

The world premiere is in Kwinana on Thursday, June 4, and the play arrives in Mandurah the following day.

These education and regional tours are made possible through Black Swan�s partnership with Chevron. The partnership focuses on the development of new theatre audiences and customised regional and metropolitan school workshops.

Shadowboxing explores the journey of two characters, Cat and Benj, who are at a party.

But as the party becomes less appealing, Benj escapes to the co-existing world of Shadow, a limitless place filled with possibility and hope.

In Shadow he is free to be another version of himself.

In Shadow he has friends and freedom to be.

In Shadow he feels more at ease with himself than in reality.

Cat joins Benj in Shadow as his sympathetic friend Idgy.

They become close, trust is built, secrets told, friendship is born.

But only in Shadow!

How can Benj have his Shadow friendship in the actual world too?