Down the rabbit hole with veteran of children's theatre
NATALIE Trengove was 14 when she first discovered the world of amateur theatre and now 67 years, seven theatre companies and half a planet away, she is introducing a new generation to treading the boards.
The 81-year-old British-born actor, director and writer is currently directing Alice In Wonderland for the Tweed Theatre company, a group she has belonged to almost since its inception around 20 years ago.
The production is a youth event, with all but a handful of the cast under the age of 18, but that doesn't faze Natalie one little bit.
"I've done eight children shows," she said, adding this wasn't even her first Alice.
"I joined this group three weeks after I arrived at Tweed. I have always loved being involved in theatre."
She said joining theatre groups always helped her to settle into a new area when she was moving around (hence the seven groups).
"Going to a new place and knowing no one and then joining a theatre group is like finding a family again."
However, Natalie's involvement with Tweed - 18 years - is one of her longest.
"I'm directing Alice In Wonderland for the third time," she laughed.
"When I first came to Tweed I'd never done children shows."
Natalie did her first one 12 years ago and has never looked back, even writing three shows for the stage - including one subsequently picked up by the Brisbane Youth Theatre.
Alice will follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole seven times at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
Audiences will get to take the journey with Alice as she meets many strange animals and people and the very bad-tempered Queen who yells "off with their heads" at everyone.
There are six, 2pm matinees on April 27 and 28, and May 4, 5, 11 and 12. A very special pensioners show will be held on Friday, April 26, from 10.30am at the Civic Centre. Tickets are available through tweedtheatre.com.au or at the door.