Canberra sets fire to low-heat drama | Blue Mountain Gazette

Each year, more and more people are feeling the effects of the ravages of bush fires. Slow combustion is the story of one of those families who lost their home in the Canberra bushfires in 2003.

With a dry mind, gripping stories and songs, playwright and actress Deborah Pollard creates a theatrical portrayal of the human face of climate change catastrophe, as she tells the story of her own experiences.

“Extreme natural disasters, such as bushfires, have a profound impact on communities and individuals,” she said.

“I wanted to tell the story of our family’s experience. We lost our family home in 2003 in the Canberra bushfires. This show shows how very traumatic these extreme events are and the long term impacts on families are sustainable. “

This new work, which was developed during Pollard’s Q Theater Lab residency in 2021, traces the silent legacy of extreme weather events long after press teams have traveled.

Both stand-up, home movie night and raw realism, this dynamic one-woman show presents an hour of intimate, raw performance with biting honesty. Slow combustion will be at The Joan at exactly the same time of year the Pollard family lost their home 19 years ago.

“We are approaching the 19th anniversary of the Canberra bushfires on January 18. This show shows how time heals but sorrow stays with you. This performance tells the story of my father, who suffered severe trauma from the fires. ”

Slow combustion is at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Center on January 13 at 7:30 p.m., January 14 at 6 p.m., January 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., January 21 at 6 p.m. and January 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $ 45 standard, concession $ 40

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