Award winning Brisbane Play will be staged in Maleny

QUEENSLAND seniors who remember the Tritton family of Brisbane will be fascinated by Motherland, a new award winning play to be staged in Maleny on Wednesday May 4 at 7pm.

Brisbane playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson has created gripping theatre interweaving the true stories of three remarkable women spanning the continents, time and space and ending in a Brisbane in the throes of the Fitzgerald enquiry.

One of the women is Nelle Tritton, born and raised in a wealthy Brisbane family who married deposed Russian Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky and helped him escape from the Nazis before the Second World War.

Nina Berberova was a Russian writer exiled from her homeland and living in Europe at the same time who forms a close friendship with Nelle. She is played by Barbara Lowing who won two awards for her outstanding performance in this part.

Alyona, a Russian historian and museum creator met and married a Brisbane businessman while she was preparing an exhibition on Nina's life, and draws the story together.

Maleny Arts Council program coordinator, Peter Lavery, former Professor of Drama at QUT, said the historical and local content of the narrative will appeal to the 60 pluses while upper secondary and university students studying English, history or drama, would find it invaluable.

'With these groups in mind, for this performance we are offering a free ticket for a group booking of ten, ideal for seniors not wanting to come alone or school groups with a teacher perhaps,' he said.

An added bonus especially for students would be the traditional 'meet the cast' after the performance where members of the audience can speak individually to the cast and crew on the deck of the Community Centre.

People wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact the treasurer John Marsden on 54942584.

For individual tickets theatre goers should book at or the Maleny Information Centre in Maple Street.

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