We love the drama
Thursday, 11th July, 2019
By Emily Ferguson
This year marks seventy-five years of the Broken Hill Repertory Society and to commemorate the occasion Marilyn Harris has complied a book of history from Broken Hill’s theatre over the years.
‘Dust and Drama’ is a light-hearted look at the memories of people who acted, directed and were in some way connected to the Broken Hill Repertory Society.
Marilyn Harris said the book has taken her more than three years to compile.
“I have been working on it throughout the Christmas holidays, it’s been fun putting it together,” she said.
“When people get together to create they often end up with some great stories to tell.
“The book showcases the interesting and funny stories and memories that are a result of people spending hours on end together and creating and achieving.”
The many humorous anecdotes and tributes in ‘Dust and Drama’ came from over a dozen contributors and will evoke many memories for all who have been involved in the local theatre.
Marilyn said she was inspired to compile the book after hearing almost too many stories over the years and she felt that others may like to relive the stories and memories of past generations of theatre.
‘Dust and Drama’ includes over 400 photographs of past actors and personnel of the theatre as well as a list of theatre productions from 1944 to 2018.
Marilyn has self-published ‘Dust and Drama’ with 200 copies printed so far and ready to be sold, with more to come.
The books cost $25 and can be found at numerous local businesses including Under the Silver Tree on Sulphide Street, Broken Hill Music in Oxide Street and NewsExtra at the Broken Hill Village shopping centre.
The book is also available online at dustanddrama.com or can be purchased from the book launch on Saturday, July 27, at Theatre 44’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
The production is directed by Marilyn and features the young people of Moxie Drama Group and Expression Glee Ensemble, and includes several high school students who were involved in the ‘Shrek’ production last year.