Jigsaws pieces together puzzling parts of family

The puzzling parts of family are pieced together in Jigsaws – featuring actors Tracy Bolton, left, Hayley Currie, Beryl Francis, Judi Johnson and Danni Close – at the Old Mill Theatre.

The puzzling parts of family are pieced together in Jigsaws – featuring actors Tracy Bolton, left, Hayley Currie, Beryl Francis, Judi Johnson and Danni Close – at the Old Mill Theatre.

THE Old Mill Theatre is starting 2015 with the incisive and witty family drama Jigsaws – set in Perth in the late 1980s – by Jennifer Rogers.

Directed by Adam Salathiel, the show opens in February and is the first in a year of all-Australian plays to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

Jigsaws is about three generations of women in the same family where life seems like a jigsaw puzzle: sometimes the pieces fit, sometimes they don’t and often it’s incomplete.

As the play opens, a Christmas visit has been taking place and the reunion is not exactly fulfilling the spirit of the season.

Revelations and indiscretions from the past and present surface, matched with family members changing attitudes and circumstances, while they all try to come to terms with each other.

Salathiel says the play deals with sensitive issues and is a fresh, bold and rewarding look at life.

“It’s a superbly written play which, even though set in the ’80s, has a lot of the messages and themes that are still extremely relevant in today’s society,” he said.

“I want the audience to connect with the various cast members and relate to them and their issues as they are portrayed on stage.

Tracy Bolton, left, and Judi Johnson play sisters like chalk and cheese in the witty family drama Jigsaws.

Tracy Bolton, left, and Judi Johnson play sisters like chalk and cheese in the witty family drama Jigsaws.

“I also want them to laugh in all the right places yet also feel for the actors and also possibly shed a tear or two.

“Some of the scenes may remind the audience of their own families and issues they might be struggling with themselves.”

First performing as a 10-year-old in 1984, Salathiel has been involved in theatre in a variety of ways – as an actor, director, producer, lighting and sound operator and working backstage with numerous companies including the Old Mill, Kwinana, Roleystone, Phoenix, Marloo and Mandurah Little Theatres, Murray Music and Drama and the Mandurah Performing Arts and Koorliny Arts Centres.

Currently, Salathiel is artistic director of Laughing Horse Productions where he directed the company’s inaugural production The Pirates of Penzance in 2013.

He’s also scored several awards and nominations over the years for best supporting actor, director, production, stage manager, costumes and set.

In 2010, Salathiel was involved with a Kwinana Theatre Workshop production of Jigsaws as a sound technician.

“It was directed by the late Sue Hayward and I fell in love with the script,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to see it return to the stage.

Tracy Bolton, left, and Judi Johnson play sisters like chalk and cheese in the witty family drama Jigsaws.

Tracy Bolton, left, and Judi Johnson play sisters like chalk and cheese in the witty family drama Jigsaws.

“And now five years on, thanks to the Old Mill Theatre, I am getting that chance.”

Jigsaws plays at 8pm February 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 with a 2pm matinee February 15. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book HERE or on 9367 8719.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

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Weekend Notes has run a story on the production, which can be viewed at http://www.weekendnotes.com/jigsaws-old-mill-theatre/