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To Kill a Cassowary
November 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Local playright Laurie Trott’s ‘To Kill a Cassowary’ play reading to come to the Innisfail Con Theatre Friday 15th Nov.
Featuring Laurie Trott, Steven Tandy, Ingrid Mason, Tia Jolly and Peter Trott. People will remember Steven and Ingrid from The Sullivans
and other films and shows. Ingrid, who played Rosamund in ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, now lives on the Cassowary Coast. Local school teacher
Tia Jolly plays the daughter and Peter Trott provides voices off.
Retired bulldozer driver Amos Hardy is crook. He desperately wants to protect his precious rainforest block, his ‘atonement’, on the shores of Floriade Bay, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, from developers. Leading the charge is his estranged daughter Paula. She cannot see the natural value and beauty of the place for the potential dollar signs reflecting off the glistening waters of the Coral Sea. She wants to clear the land and build a high-end gambling tourist resort. But first she has to get it. Over Amos’ dead body!
This fresh, original comedy is recognisably set in Far North Queensland. It is embedded with questions about inheritance and legacy, about caring for land, the environment and relationships, and respecting and acknowledging the right of other creatures to share the same habitat as us. Central to the story is the local Southern Cassowary, a species from around 30 million years ago, that survived more than 50,000 years of Indigenous occupation and now, after just 200 years of European population, is Endangered. It is also about the expectations around inheritance – should we expect to inherit from our parents?
Why? Is it incumbent upon each of us to leave the planet, society and culture – the world – in a better state for our children and our children’s children? And what of the unintended and unwanted inter-generational legacies – the ‘sins of the fathers’, and the mothers?