These Bridges

EVENTS 17 Mar 2022, 7:30pm

Cast

Belinda Romeo - Ria
Keshav Krish - Mick
Benjamin Zerafa - Archie
Locklyn Luu - Diamond
Britastina Heiskari - Serene
Lucy Gibson - Somalia
Charli Cowan - Flo
Natiya Ioannidia - Camilla
Charlie Perry - Chorus
Olivia Lowe - Kirsten
Charlotte Macaulay - Chorus
Olivia Papov - Mum/Chorus
Flora Bacskai - Chorus
Ricky Jin - Mr. Bagshaw/Chorus
Indiana Renna - Chorus
Archie Baker - Chorus
Jaeden Vaithianathan - Chorus

Crew

Director
Eamonn Johnson
Mentor/Assistant Director
Nicole Smith
Technical Manager
Matthew Sanderson
Sound Manager
Erica D’Angelo
Sound Operator
Jed Kaufman

Music credits

Hildur Guonadottir - The Body - Ben Frost - The Haxan Cloak – Raime - U2

Special thanks

Richard Brabner, Mark Gardiner, Greta Doell, Stewart Bell, Nick Waxman and the many students who helped create the set.

Synopsis

These Bridges presents a tale of disaster in London. The play begins with the Thames’ banks overflowing as passengers on the Circle Line are drowned. London becomes apocalyptically flooded as North and South London become cut off from one another. England’s beloved capital has now become a place of confinement, ruled by myth and dominated by a desire to escape. Here four groups of teens attempt to cross the dangerous waterway because they want to find out if the other side really is better. The young crusaders’ bravery contrasted with their penchant for technology and an obsession with wifi.

The theme of duality permeates the piece: The duality of north and south, of safety and adventure, of material comfort and dissatisfaction with the superficial, of fear and a yearning for a more relevant future. The moral of the story is clearly one of achieving higher values as well as celebrating cooperation and bonding – sending the message that the way to courage and a better world is to work together. Although not written about Brexit, the work highlights the danger division creates.

Director’s note

When we first started rehearsing for These Bridges, the concept of a cataclysmic flood seemed like a fantastical consequence climate change – or at least it would stand as a warning of what could happen in the future. Yet the piece has become poignantly and unfortunately relevant as our Northern neighbours are forced from their homes.

As we have already seen though, people are resilient. People can and will rebuild, which is the same glimmer of hope that These Bridges hopes to reflect. After every disaster we regroup, reunite, and rebuild. The play reminds us that even when we are forced into the most miserable of situations, we can support one another to create a better future together.

This performance and the rehearsal process we have undertaken is also evidence of human perseverance . After two years of being locked up our homes, behind all the curfews and masks, we are now at a stage where we can reunite. These Year 10 students have come together to perform onstage again for the first time since early 2020 – something that seemed impossibly far away near the end of last year. Their persistence through rehearsals speaks to their exemplary work remaining flexible and adaptable as they have overcome sickness and quarantine to make this amazing show.

Not to overdo my point here, but whether it be our rehearsal process or the current state of affairs here in Australia, the heart of this play remains true: hope never truly disappears, and that with strong and good people supporting us, anything can be overcome.

Eamonn Johnson