Murwillumbah Theatre Company welcomes you to the Australian suburbs with Neighbourhood Watch. This outstanding comedy-drama by Lally Katz, one of Australia's most-produced playwrights opens on Fri May 27th
And God said: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour”. He obviously hadn’t reckoned on Ana! Ana is a battle-hardened Hungarian veteran of the tumultuous 20th Century. Catherine is her neighbour: 20-something and waiting for a better world. The weekly ritual of bin night offers the first meeting of these two unlikely allies. It’s a classic odd couple story: opposites attract and from each other they gain new understanding.
Neighbourhood Watch is a funny and touching play, full of depth and rich with ideas. It examines the need for friendship, the value of both innocence and experience and the pitfalls of trusting too much and not enough. It also reflects on the European experience of World War 2 and the dislocating effect it has had upon our migrant population.
Over coffees and errands, Ana reveals to Catherine her world-view, where every well-meaning neighbour has a hidden agenda and every offer of help is viewed with suspicion.
A big-hearted production that sidesteps overt sentimentality and challenges the audience to look to home for stories of compassion and human connection, Neighbourhood Watch is sure to captivate audiences.
Photos - Left- Cast of Neighbourhood Watch, Right - Rosemary Hume as Jovanka, Breeze Tough as Catherine & Rachael Gorham as Ana
Photos - Left - Christine Ray, Jacqui Harris &b David Sunter as the Hungarians Right - Rachael Gorham as Ana, Breeze Tough as Catherine & Genevieve Barr as Katrina