A little left to say in Alcott’s classic

WITH modern families increasingly disappearing behind computer screens, the US Civil War classic Little Women has lessons about the importance of meaningful human interaction, says the director of a new version of the stage adaptation.

Little Women is dramatised from the famous Loise May Alcott story of the same name and will be presented by ARENAarts at Roxy Lane Theatre in Maylands this November.

Award-winning actor Christine Ellis will be in the director’s seat this time and say the story conveys the complex lives of four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and their journey of growth into adulthood.

Set in the 1860s, the story explores various themes around gender, family and love, independence and poverty and how they are affected by the civil war raging around the family. 

Ellis is the winner of numerous awards, including at the Hills Festival of Theatre, Youthfest, Mandurah One-Act Play Festival and Blak Yak Theatre’s 24-hour stage project and has more than 45 years’ experience on stage.

She said she was excited about the upcoming production. 

• Steph Hickey, left, Justin Markham, Jenny Smith and Annabelle Eirth, at back, Evie Madeleine and Bella Freeman, at front, are appearing in Little Women.

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“I have directed Little Women once before and thought it would be a lovely show to bring to the Roxy Lane Theatre to give the audience a real taste of culture and entertainment,” she said.

“I have worked with young actors for more than 20 years and know the strength of talent we have in Perth at the moment, so I wanted to showcase this in an end-of-year show.”

Little Women plays 8pm on November 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 with 2pm matinees on November 17 and 24. Tickets are $22, $16 concession from http://www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336

Roxy Lane Theatre is at 55 Ninth Avenue (on the corner of Roxy Lane) in Maylands.

by ATSU TSURU

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