Nick Allen (19), of Greenwood, Andrew Dunstan (21), of Ocean Reef, and Woodvale’s Lauren Thomas (18) are part of the cast in Fractured.
Director Hermione Gehle devised the production with The Actors’ Hub Gap II students to reveal what Disney did not tell audiences “about schoolyard wolves and the lure of poison apples”.
Aimed at high school students, it is described as “an original devised performance piece that pokes holes in the fabric of fairy tale fantasies.”
“The best thing about The Actors’ Hub is that it pushes you to be the best person you can be, someone who is passionate and committed to fight for their dream,” Allen said about taking part in the performance-training program.
When asked about the process, Dunstan said it had been “impossible to not be excited about the show because of Hermione’s constant enthusiasm and playful attitude towards the work”.
“It’s contagious – I’ve loved every second of it,” he said.
“I’ve found fairytales to be far more complex than I took them for. I always thought there was a very clear message with every fairytale.
“Beauty and the beast for example was just ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but really, every fairytale is incredibly layered, every character, every setting, every word is making some sort of statement or spreading some sort of message. There is an incredible amount to be learnt from fairytales, no matter what age you are.”
The team have been creating a work suitable for high school age students, that explores fairy-tales in a modern context.
A former Kingsway Christian College student, Thomas was surprised how many fairytales had “dark undertones”.
“They are typically told to children but they are so relevant to teens and young adults,” she said.
“I have been enchanted by how powerful allegorical storytelling is. It actually allows those listening to derive their own meaning.
“It is so important for young people that they are given the opportunity to figure things out for themselves.”
Who: The Actors’ Hub Gap II students
When: April 7-9, from 7.30pm
Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco