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A story that explores forgetting aspects of ourselves as life goes on

Rachel Colmer, Jess Ruggera and Carmen Fasolo (Deanna Corrieri)

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As Breaksea’s Caretaker of Lost Selves draws closer, the Albany locals who inspired the storyline share their stories.

The ideas of weaving events inspired by real life came about in Breaksea workshops, where Rachel Colmer, Carmen Fasolo and Jess Ruggera all shared something significant that had happened in their life.

Snippets of significant things woven into the storyline

Ms Colmer, who will be playing herself in the show, said snippets of significant things that had happened throughout her life were woven into the storyline.

“It’s been such a big journey because I’ve had to relive a lot of things,” she said.

“Being adopted in the first place, being taken away by my birth mother- so she didn’t get to hold me.

“Then when I was four months I was adopted into a white family, so I grew up not really knowing my indigenous background and I guess through that I struggled a lot with identity, particularly as I was getting into my teenage years.”

She said knowing she was different and there was another side of her out there was difficult to deal with, but had support from indigenous people in the community.

“It’s hard to get on stage and perform as yourself, its personal.”

“It’s hard to get on stage and perform as yourself, its personal,” she said.

Saving a traveller from losing her sight

For Carmen Fasolo, she shared the story of when and elderly couple entered the visitors centre where she worked.

The elderly couple were travelling around Australia and the woman was ill and losing her sight.

“I had happened to talked to an optometrist friend of mine weeks before and he was telling me about this new treatment he was doing and telling me about some of the symptoms that people may have,” she said.

“This lady walked in with her husband and her husband was telling me about her symptoms and I had this little voice in my head telling me to tell them to go [see the optometrist].

“It was a really strong feeling.”

“It was a really strong feeling.”

Ms Fasolo said a few days later, the couple came back to the centre and the lady was beaming with joy.

“She comes up to me, big smile on her face and she stands back and says, ‘remember me?’,” she said.

“The lady said ‘I can see! He’s fixed me’.

“I was so shocked, it was the most beautiful experience. We became quite close.”

Sometimes what’s inside a bag is a reflection of your whole life story

Jess Ruggera took two important ladies from her family and combined them into one character.

One side of Ms Ruggera’s family came from Italy, which inspired her character to travel.

While the other part to her character was inspired by her great aunt’s handbag, a bag which Ms Ruggera cherishes.

“It’s become my best bag ever,” she said.

“Sometimes what’s inside a bag is a reflection of your whole life story.

“Where you come from and that can be a lot of things, it can be a country, place, person- mine is from Italy.

“You have this history that’s been created and then you come along and tap into that history and it gives you an identity.”

“You have this history that’s been created and then you come along and tap into that history and it gives you an identity.

“And you’re always throughout your life finding new parts to your identity or searching for identity and sometimes it’s the people who come before you who give you part of your identity.”

Forgetting aspects of ourselves

With a poetic licence, all stories interweave with one another to form the backbone of Caretaker of Lost Selves, a story that explores forgetting aspects of ourselves as life goes on and how to reconnect with those lost elements.

Caretaker of Lost Selves comes to the Albany Entertainment Centre Friday, November 26.

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