Salonika opens at the Garrick Theatre in Guildford later this month

Jaxon Barclay in Salonika.
Jaxon Barclay in Salonika.

THERE’S more than just a beautiful bronzed body lying face down on a deserted beach in British playwright Louise Page’s compelling play Salonika, which opens at the Garrick Theatre in Guildford this month.

Charlotte, aged 84, and her spinster daughter Enid, 61, have come to Salonika to find the war grave of their husband and father when they come across a naked youth. Is he alive or dead? There are no footprints in the sand.

Leonard has hitch-hiked from England to propose marriage to Charlotte. There are tensions. Should they marry? How should they spend their final years? Will a retirement home accept married couples? What will Enid do?

Co-directed by Ray Omodei and Jake Newby, Salonika is mysterious, often hilarious and sometimes scathing as it reflects on the effects of war, the trials of ageing and the resilience of life.

Mr Omodei first directed the play at the Hole in the Wall Theatre in Subiaco in 1985.

“It’s an exhilarating, simple, challenging, funny, mysterious and uplifting Aegean adventure,” he said.

“Louise Page’s people in this play are wonderfully ordinary folk, assembled on a secluded Greek beach for the most human of individual reasons – and all are searching.

“Ageing, the fear and joys of it, has brought to each and every character an appreciation of life, and on this intimate Salonika beach lapped by the wine-dark sea, we share their histories, laughter, cynicism, knowledge and hopes.”

DETAILS

WHEN: February 28, March 1,2,3*,7,8,9,10*,13,14,15,16 (*Sunday matinee)

Evening performances 8pm. Matinee 2pm.

WHERE: Garrick Theatre 16 Meadow Street, Guildford

BOOKINGS: Ph 9378 1990 or bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au or www.trybooking.com bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au

TICKETS: Adult $25 Concession $22 Member $20 Child $20