Ripe Theatre brings A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” to the Byron Bay Community Centre this Halloween weekend.
Local Byron actress, Bridie Carter and former co star Aaron Jeffery, both of ‘McLeods Daughters’ fame, are to perform this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play on The BBCC stage.
“What happens when two very different people who only have the written word to keep their hearts beating?”
“Love Letters” by A R Gurney, is a play comprised of the letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people, the bittersweet relationship of Melissa Gardner, a free-spirited artist and Andrew Makepeace III, a dutiful lawyer/politician – who grew up together but went their separate ways.
We go on the journey of each character’s ambitions, disappointments, victories and heartbreak, as shared in the letters being recited on stage.
The letters describe the events that have passed between Melissa and Andrew during their separate lives. It is a deeply moving story about a boy and girl who meet and become forever linked in mind, heart and spirit.
While life conspires to keep them apart, love inspired their journey 'together.'
Bridie Carter. NIDA graduate, credits include- TV: Dancing with the Stars, McLeod's Daughters , My Husband My Killer, Murder call, All Saints, Water Rats. FILM: I Love You Too, Fresh Air, Envy. NIDA graduate
Aaron Jeffery. NIDA graduate, Credits include- TV: The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, Fire, Water Rats , McLeod's Daughters , Outrageous Fortune and The Strip FILM: The Interview, Strange Planet, Beautiful & X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Jerome Ehlers. Local actor and also NIDA graduate will be directing.
This show is a favourite piece made famous by many a Hollywood celebrity-
‘This broadway classic is touching, funny, thought-provoking
and a magnificent evening of unadorned theatre ‘
Saturday 31st October 2pm and 8pm and Sunday 1st November 5pm
WHERE & HOW:
Byron Bay Community Centre , 69 Jonson St , Byron Bay.
Bookings : 6685 6807/ Tickets $35 or $28 concession by phone or @ venue
Don’t miss this opportunity to support local theatre!
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