Second-year acting students will star in the six-day run, putting on seven performances in total between 11 and 17 October. Music composition students from the academy have also been tasked with creating an original score for the play, which will be performed live each night.
The Hope Fault follows Iris and her family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby; her son, and her best friend’s daughter – as they gather to pack up their holiday house. They are there for one last time, one last weekend, and one last party – but in the course of this weekend, their connections will be affirmed, and their frailties and secrets revealed.
‘In November last year, writer and director Andrew Hale – who has adapted my novel for the stage – ran a week-long workshop with the 18 WAAPA students (who make up the whole of the second-year acting course) who will be performing the play this year. It was both strange and familiar. The characters that I’d invented, imagined and made real in the novel were walking, talking, arguing and loving in a rehearsal room, around a table. Words were spoken aloud, songs were sung, babies were born.
‘But there are changes, too: words and scenes and actions I didn’t write, that belong to the play and to the medium of theatre. The play makes more of some characters who had only minor parts in the novel, for example, and Andrew has come up with stage-perfect ways of handling the challenging temporal aspects of the story.
‘Through the whole process I’ve felt my novel to be in such safe hands with Andrew and all at WAAPA. He has been gracious and generous, and along with the students has taken such care and time with my work, to make it into this new, wonderful, amazing thing. I can’t wait to sit in the dark, in the middle of an audience, and watch the finished production in October.’
Tickets will be $32 for a full-price ticket or $26 for concessions or friends of WAAPA. They will go on sale from 10 September for friends of WAAPA and 17 September for the general public.
For more information on the performance see the WAAPA website.