Theatre casts eye on sky

Kerry Goode (left), Andrew Watson, playwright Yvette Wall and Murdoch University PhD student Natalie Aung Than are appearing in Dolls From The Sky at the Old Mill Theatre.
Kerry Goode (left), Andrew Watson, playwright Yvette Wall and Murdoch University PhD student Natalie Aung Than are appearing in Dolls From The Sky at the Old Mill Theatre.

Showing at the Old Mill Theatre and set in 1953, the play looks at the racism, grief and the challenges faced by a former war serviceman who employs a migrant housekeeper from Poland.

Aung Than plays the role of the Polish housekeeper Anna and said she drew from her mother�s experiences of assimilation to understand the difficulties her character faced.

�Anna is a new Australian who really wants to assimilate into culture but finds it difficult due to racism from some people,� she said.

�It�s a chance to play a character similar to my mother; she arrived in Australia from Serbia in the 1960s.�

Dolls From The Sky playwright Yvette Wall said some of the inspiration for the Polish character�s journey stemmed from her own family history.

�My father arrived from British India in 1948 and had a keen interest in World War II history that he passed on to me,� she said.

�I did some historical research to write this play; it�s dedicated to my parents.�

Joining Dolls From The Sky with Old Mill Theatre�s short play season is Armistice Day, a story of three war soldiers who meet after World War I to celebrate peace but discover it comes at a high price.

Dolls From The Sky and Armistice Day will play together under the collective title An Anzac Duo to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.