A new dark comedy, Air is premiering at the Old 505 Theatre to haunt audiences with the reality of death, grief, holding on and letting go.
The story follows radio host, Annabel, who works the graveyard shift at a radio station and after the death of her father, finds herself reading death notices on air to an invisible audience. Then one morning the phone rings and she unintentionally spills the sorrows and secrets of an entire community, desperate to reconnect with her past.
Actor and producer, Eloise Snape said, “Air is a play that Joanna Erskine wrote based on her own experiences with grief, but it was also influenced by a project that she was given where she had to use something from the newspaper as stimulus to write a short play in 24 hours.”
Snape is excited to be playing Annabel in this emotional performance as she is a character who is quite “shy” and “hidden away.”
“She is coming to a time in her life where she has avoided a lot of the things that have gone on for her and now she’s almost being forced to deal with the losses that have occurred in her life. She’s cut herself off from her family and she’s a very lonely person when audiences meet her.”
Despite being quite a dark performance, audiences will find humour embedded throughout the show and will share quite a few laughs.
“For the audience, it could be particularly touching depending on what their own experiences with grief are,” Snape said. “We really hope audiences are able to see themselves in the play, but are able to laugh too. It is supposed to be a comedy, so for them to laugh and cry would be nice.”
Until Jun 30. Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown. $30-$45+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.old505theatre.com
By Jade Morellini