ROSEBUD Theatre Group will perform The Golden Age, a play inspired by a true story of a family lost in time.
The play centres on a group of people who were discovered in the wilds of Tasmania in 1939, isolated from society for four generations.
Having lost most of their language and suffering from disabilities and deformities brought on my generations of inbreeding, their return to civilisation at a time of political and social turmoil – the beginning of World War II has disastrous consequences for them and those around them.
Director Tatiana Croft said the play comes to life with historical detail and evocative settings – from the rugged Tasmanian bush to a war-ravaged Berlin – to explore the concept of civilisation.
Croft said she likes theatre that challenges audiences to analyse and critique society and performance that “invite us to question and make us feel”.
“I feel strongly about valuing and including individuals and groups who are marginalised or misunderstood,” she said.
“The Golden Age is a play that features people with disabilities and explores humanity, mental illness, youth, ageing, colonisation, love, hate, war, class and history.”
The Golden Age, which is not suitable for children as it contains violence, death, sexual scenes will be performed on 9, 10 and 11 September at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud.