Australia has many heroes from the Anzacs to Mary MacKillop, and on 7 February 2009, many more were added to the list. The Day The Sky Turned Black, a new play written and performed by Ali Kennedy-Scott, tells the stories of everyday heroes who fought the fires that became Australia’s greatest natural disaster.
Weaving together experiences from Black Saturday, the show follows the lives of five characters; a journalist, a child, the mother of an arsonist, a schoolteacher and a grandmother. It charts their journeys from before the fire’s arrival, to their return home and the rebuilding of their lives.
Directed by Adrian Barnes, with original music by Pat Wilson, The Day The Sky Turned Black is a tribute to courage, humour amidst adversity, and the Australian fighting spirit.
Based on interviews with survivors, journalists and psychologists, this one-woman show was conceived while Ali was studying at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. There, reactions to the fires ranged from concern, to criticism, and even apathy. These responses motivated Ali to set the record straight and tell of the heroism of ordinary Australians.
This tale of love, loss and survival will be playing at the Metropolitan Hotel from 3-13 March. Producer’s profits will be donated to South Australia’s Country Fire Service and Victoria’s Country Fire Authority. Tickets can be purchased at FringeTIX and through the Bank SA Support Act scheme.
Ali Kennedy-Scott is an Australian actor and writer. In 2009 she graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. This is her first one-woman show.
Adrian Barnes has worked in theatre, TV and film for the past 40 years as an actor, director and teacher. He graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1968.
THE DAY THE SKY TURNED BLACK is playing at The Metropolitan Hotel, 46 Grote St, Adelaide
Preview: Wednesday 3 March at 9:30pm (All tickets are $10)
Opening: Thursday 4 March at 9:30pm (All tickets are $10)
Season: 5 March at 9:30pm, 6 and 13 March at 6pm, 9-12 March at 8:20pm
(Adults: $15, Concessions: $12)