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World premiere of The Hope Fault a year in the making

Friday, 04 October 2019

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“Art takes time. Good art takes a lot of time,” says West Australian writer/director Andrew Hale.

In a year-long process, Hale has adapted Tracy Farr’s novel, The Hope Fault, for the stage and will direct its world premiere season, presented with the support of the Minderoo Foundation and Fremantle Press, at WAAPA’s newly refurbished Enright Studio from Friday, 11 - Thursday, 17 October.

Tracy Farr, who grew up in Perth but now lives in New Zealand, will return to her home town for the premiere performance.

Based on Farr’s second novel, The Hope Fault is a rich family story that spans three generations. Iris and her extended family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby, her son, and her best friend’s daughter – gather on a midwinter long weekend to pack up the family holiday house after it has been sold.

They are together for one last time, one last weekend, one last party. But over the course of the weekend, as their connections are affirmed, their frailties and secrets are revealed.

The Hope Fault is about the fault lines that run under the surface, and about anxiety and uncertainty – the unsettling notion that the earth might shift, literally or metaphorically, at any moment.

“A new birth has the strength of a tsunami and a death the power of an earthquake,” explains Hale, who describes the process of adapting the script and directing the play as a career highlight.

“It has been an unbridled privilege to work with Tracy Farr's beautiful novel and to be afforded the resources, talent and time across multiple departments of WAAPA to bring her exquisitely imagined characters to the stage.”

The Hope Fault will be performed by WAAPA’s 2nd Year Acting students, who have been workshopping the script with Hale since November last year.

Farr, who returned to Perth for the workshop, says: “It was clear from the early script development workshop I saw late last year that my novel was in very safe – and very creative – hands.”

“So much care, engagement and thoughtful interpretation has gone into the production – from Andrew Hale, the fabulous WAAPA teaching staff, the extraordinary actors, and everyone involved in production, design and staging.”

Hale is also delighted with the energy and enthusiasm of his student cast and creatives.

“Either because they are fresh and ready to try anything or because they are young, all of the incredibly talented students involved have shown the courageous abandon needed to make a truly special production possible,” he says.

Farr is looking forward to being in the audience on opening night.

“Adaptation for the stage allows my novel to expand off the page and into a new form, and to become a communal experience. We’ll sit together, all of us in the audience, and watch The Hope Fault – the characters and stories and ideas that started in my imagination – come to life.”

Copies of The Hope Fault novel can be purchased in the WAAPA foyer on Friday 11, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October, with Farr available after these performances to sign purchased books.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the The Hope Fault performance web page.

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