Mandurah actor in WA premiere of dark comedy Wonderful World

Mandurah resident Natalie Burbage (left) with Madelaine Jones in Wonderful World.
Mandurah resident Natalie Burbage (left) with Madelaine Jones in Wonderful World.

WHAT happens when you take a Friends-like sitcom and juxtapose it with a dark, comedic sub-text?

Mandurah resident Natalie Burbage is exploring the answer in the WA premiere of Wonderful World, written by Richard Dresser and directed by Geoffrey Leeder at Melville Theatre.

A close-knit New England family in the US is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control.

Involved in theatre for more than 35 years, Burbage has worked on more than 30 productions in the past decade with Koorliny Arts Centre, Murray Music and Drama Club, London Street Theatre and Stray Cats.

In 2014, she co-directed the WA premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, winning numerous Finley Awards including best musical and best director.

“Wonderful World appealed because I have worked with director Geoffrey Leeder on stage before and am a great admirer of his work,” Burbage said.

“The play is well-written and it’s nice to see a comedy that’s a little different to the usual farce-style plays.”

Wonderful World is on November 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7 and 8 with a 2pm matinee December 2.

Tickets from 9330 4565 or www.meltheco.org.au.