Black Swan State Theatre Company

Category: More Than Words

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A courageous story that inspired the roaming spectacular of The Giants.

Lighthouse Girl is a Western Australian story, based in Albany, adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner, from the novels by Albany based author, Diane Wolfer. It is a wonderful Western Australian story, told by Western Australian artists. Black Swan has created this production for regional WA touring in mind.

Fay, a sweet young girl, lives an isolated life with her lighthouse keeper father on the bleak, windswept Breaksea Island in the Great Southern region of WA. With the outbreak of war in 1914, Fay finds purpose in transcribing Morse code messages from soldiers stationed off shore, becoming their last hope of getting messages to their loved ones before heading to the front line. On the other side of the country in rural Victoria, Charlie and his best mate Jim abandon the outback for the excitement and adventure of seeing the world. As soldiers in the Light Horse Brigade, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline.This gentle play entwines the lives of Fay and Charlie and brings to life the stories of those left at home during the war waiting, wondering, hoping… and the struggles of the young men who valiantly enlisted to help defend their country. Based on Albany author Dianne Wolfer’s wonderful novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy, this evocatively written play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.

Suitable for families - aged 10 and over.

The world premiere of The Lighthouse Girl will take place in Albany (21 to 22 April), the birthplace of the ANZAC story, before its season in Perth at the Studio Underground from April 28 to May 14.

The Lighthouse Girl is Rio Tinto Black Swan co-commission, in association with the Albany Entertainment Centre. It is a Black Swan Lab production, designed for regional touring.