I Am A Lake comes to Launceston

A Tasmanian town of about 1700 people has inspired a theatre show, which will tour around the state during the next month. 

I Am A Lake returns to the stage after its sell-out world premiere season. 

The coming-of-age story was first performed in a warehouse in Queenstown where the story is set. 

The performance explores the ‘inextricably’ linked lives of Alice and Nugget. 

“Alice is a young girl who knows her own mind; she knows she wants more, she know perhaps more than she should, but she also knows there is something very big that she doesn’t know,” the show’s website said. 

“This deeply entrenched family secret haunts her nights, and threatens to submerge all that she dreams of.”

The show was created by Mudlark Theatre and written by Cameron Hindrum.

The adult contemporary theatre company aims to produce new work that is theatrically rich, socially current, and emotionally complex and is crafted around the Tasmanian experience.

Mudlark produces one funded show a year and has another in development for the year following.

After launching in a warehouse, the show has now been adapted for traditional theatre spaces. 

Mudlark Theatre’s chairwoman Angela Driver said the story is a true coming of age.

“[It] offers glimpses of humanity and compassion in an unforgiving landscape. A story that is both local and universal, compelling and confronting, and ultimately redemptive,” she said. 

“Following the original season we had a lot of feedback from audiences saying I Am A Lake is an important Tasmania story which should be told widely.

“We took this on board and adapted the show for a traditional theatre space, thereby providing broader access and reach for the show.”

Directed by Jane Johnson, and with a cast of just three, I Am A Lake will tour to three Tasmanian locations. 

Polly Grove, Travis Hennessy and Jane Taylor will grace the stage with their presence, while Chris Jackson, Grace Roberts and Darren Willmott make the show happen from behind the scenes. 

“With its mix of poetry and naturalism, there is something about this work that just gets you and holds you,” Launceston theatre personality Danny Gibson said. 

I Am A Lake’s tour will start in Launceston on February 28 at the Earl Arts Centre. The Launceston season will wrap up on March 8 before it moves to Burnie. 

The show will be on stage at Burnie Arts and Function Centre on March 9 and at Hobart’s Theatre Royal Backspace on March 16 and 17. 

Tickets start from $17, with adult tickets costing $37. For more information, visit theatrenorth.com.au.