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Convict Footprints return to Armory past

BRINGING the rich history of the Newington Armory to life, Fully Loaded is the latest ‘theatre-in-the-wild’ production from Convict Footprints and launches this Saturday, October 12.

DELVING into the rich past of the Newington Armory, Fully Loaded is director Jerry Retford and playwright Steven Hopley’s latest production.
Audiences not only move through the site itself but also through the lives of some of its many characters and families, starting with settlers Harriet and John Blaxland and their assigned convicts.
“Newington Armory is a big area to cover, both geographically and time-wise and has some truly tragic history too, so telling its stories is not without its difficulties, but our writer Steven Hopley distils all the crazy ideas and arm-waving and ramblings and always out pops something magical,” Mr Retford said.
He admitted it takes a special kind of actor to be part of these productions.
“We eschew the safety of traditional theatre space and passive voyeuristic audience; our actors work up-close and personal, it really is ‘Theatre in the Wild’, a phrase coined by Scott Levi from the ABC upon our first production back in 2012,” he said.
Convict Footprints Fully Loaded previews this Saturday, October 12, with shows on October 19-20 and 26-27 at 11am and 2pm.
Tickets: trybooking.com or convictfootprints.com.au.

Convict Footprints actor, as well as wardrobe and production manager, Melinda Arnold (pictured) plays Ivy the Tea Lady in this landmark 10th production from director Jerry Retford and playwright Steven Hopley, since their opening show in 2013.
DELVING into the rich past of the Newington Armory, Fully Loaded is director Jerry Retford and playwright Steven Hopley’s latest production.
Audiences not only move through the site itself but also through the lives of some of its many characters and families, starting with settlers Harriet and John Blaxland and their assigned convicts.
“Newington Armory is a big area to cover, both geographically and time-wise and has some truly tragic history too, so telling its stories is not without its difficulties, but our writer Steven Hopley distils all the crazy ideas and arm-waving and ramblings and always out pops something magical,” Mr Retford said.
He admitted it takes a special kind of actor to be part of these productions.
“We eschew the safety of traditional theatre space and passive voyeuristic audience; our actors work up-close and personal, it really is ‘Theatre in the Wild’, a phrase coined by Scott Levi from the ABC upon our first production back in 2012,” he said.
Convict Footprints Fully Loaded previews this Saturday, October 12, with shows on October 19-20 and 26-27 at 11am and 2pm.
Tickets: trybooking.com or convictfootprints.com.au.

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