Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Getting into Gear for the Family Road Trip

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Getting into Gear for the Family Road Trip

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THE bumpy ride that is the old-fashioned family road trip will be brought to the stage when University of the Sunshine Coast Drama students perform acclaimed Australian play Away.

The USC Theatre production at Sippy Downs from February 24-27 is set in late-1967 as three very different families set out on Christmas holidays.

Over the course of one summer, the relationships between the characters transform as they take on issues of illness, love and loss. The coming-of-age story, directed by highly-regarded Brisbane actor and director Caroline Dunphy, will be performed at the Chancellor State College Performing Arts Centre and feature a cast and crew of 10 USC students completing Drama majors.

Producer and USC lecturer in drama Jo Loth said the summer road trip highlighted by this Michael Gow play was an Australian ritual that most people could identify with.

"I would describe the play as a tragi-comedy," Dr Loth said. "It's exploring big questions of life, death, class and gender, but it brings a lovely light touch to these serious topics. …

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