A ballad of the ages 

Tahlia Robinson Solczaniuk and Luke Pascoe as Penelope and Marlin (Penny deJong, ACE Camera Club)

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Southern Edge Arts will tonight bring a comedic spin on life in the future, set in a dystopian society where the environment is ruined but hope still abides.

The Ballad of Penelope and Marlin came about during a workshop back in 2016 at the Vancouver Arts Centre which posed the question: what would life look like in 50 years’ time?

“That whole idea of the environment being wrecked came up a lot,” Artistic Director Anne Sorenson said.

Together with the City of Albany and Great Southern Artists, the dystopian comedy focussing on environmental issues, hope, and desire was born.

Play ready for COVID-19

“This was written in 2016 and then here we are in 2021 going into lockdown because the outside world is scary and dangerous,” Sorensen said.

“This world is becoming uninhabitable and we are turning more towards our screens.”

Luke Pascoe as Marlin. (Penny deJong, ACE Camera Club)

The play focuses on two main characters: Marlin who is the last fisherman, and Penelope who disrupts the peace of the community within Harmony Hive, a place where all humans live because the outside world is uninhabitable.

The performance will show the talents of Great Southern locals like David Rastrick, Annette Carmichael, Anne Sorenson, Serena McLauchlan and Nelson Blake and promises to be a memorable night of theatre in the newly renovated Albany Town Hall.

Tahlia Robinson-Solczaniuk will star as Penelope and be joined by Luke Pascoe as Marlin.

“We really want people to understand it’s just going to be a good fun night at the town hall,” Ms Sorenson said.

The Ballade of Penelope and Marlin will be on at the Albany Town Hall from July 8 to 18.

Katherine Cleary as Generalista (Penny deJong, ACE Camera Club)

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