Scenery inspires Colac district playwright

The landscape surrounding the home of Nalangil’s Barry Mousley inspired his writing for a radio play.

The landscape surrounding the home of Nalangil’s Barry Mousley inspired his writing for a radio play.

The landscape surrounding the home of Nalangil’s Barry Mousley inspired his writing for a radio play.

The talented Nalangil artist-turned-playwright has scripted the radio play Dead End as part of a creative series of radio plays for community station OCR FM, written and performed by Colac and district people.

Barry became involved through community theatre group The Colac Players, along with other players’ members who will use their vocal and theatrical skills to present live performances of the plays next week.

“A little group of us got together and started to write and it evolved from there,” Barry said.

“Dead End focuses on natural history and the local area,” he said.

“It’s a comedy-horror spoof which contains elements of scientific interest.”

The professional artist said he had written poetry and “did a bit of writing as a teen and in my early 20s” but the radio play had revived his passion to write.

“It’s always something I’ve been interested in; I like the idea of radio plays, I like short things,” Barry said.

He said Dead End would take about 20 minutes to perform and he was looking forward to the live presentation.

The OCR FM team, Colac Players members and guests will entertain audiences at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Art Gallery next Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm with radio plays Dead End, Buff Hurricane and extracts from Losing Track.

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