Last night Arterie hosted its first parlour theatre performance, Love Letters. The award-winning play, written by the late playwright A.R. Gurney, has been performed all around the world since its premiere on Broadway in 1988. This current rendition was performed by Michaela Bolzan and Scott Pollock, who have just wrapped a sold-out season of Love Letters throughout the Southern Highlands. The story brings to life the correspondence of two characters over fifty years of their life, chronicling their hopes, dreams and disappointments.
The atmosphere on the night was electric. Around 50 attendees of patients, volunteers and staff alike came together to enjoy a night filled with fun and laughter. The event provided patients with an accessible theatre experience as many of our inpatients were able to venture down from the wards and enjoy the play.
After the performance, guests enjoyed light snacks and refreshments and reflected upon the event. The warmth in the room highlighted the unique comradery found between patients and staff at Lifehouse. It was also great to see so many of our dedicated volunteers at the event, allowing us to thank them for all that they do for our community. Hosting this play demonstrates Arterie’s continuous efforts to broaden its program, branching out from visual arts and crafts to include theatre and performance.
We would like to thank Creative & Co and the National Trust for donating this performance to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The night was such a wonderful success and included so many members of our community. Arterie director Deborah Burdett concluded, “It was a lovely night out that we will definitely do again!”
Speaking of which, don’t miss next week’s performance of ‘The Monstrosities’ by Matriark on Wednesday 29 March at 1pm.