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Hearth

Past Show

Hearth

BY FLEUR MURPHY
DIRECTED BY DAMIAN JONES

Hearth

The Robinsons gather at their Kinglake family home in February 2009, to celebrate the birthday of their younger son. As the Black Saturday bushfires begin to rage outside, tensions in the family also rise, as long-held secrets and conflicts are exposed.
We are excited to announce the cast of Hearth!

WHEN:

10 – 19 May

Cast

Stephen Rogerson

John

Stephen Rogerson

In 2023 Stephen was encouraged to come out of retirement to play Bob Price in Andrew Bovell’s play, THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, and he had such a great experience he was happy to audition at Mordialloc Theatre Company for HEARTH by up-and-coming playwright Fleur Murphy. Stephen’s theatrical journey started in Gospel musicals in the 70’s and he joined the local Charlton Theatre Group in his first year of Secondary Teaching. While there, he was lured onto stage to perform a major role in BRIGADOON and later, continued to sing and play other roles with Gateway Theatre Company in Seaford, including their standout performances of PIRATES OF THE PENINSULA and SEUSSICAL.

Barb

Lyn Laister

Lyn is pleased to be back on stage at Mordialloc after being behind the scenes for the past couple of years. Some of her previous roles include Mrs Gardner in INSPECTOR DRAKE’S LAST CASE with Brighton Theatre Company, Mrs Boyle in PRELUDE TO A KISS here at Mordialloc, Sal Kerrigan in THE CASTLE and Charlotte in CHARLOTTE’S WEB with Beaumaris Theatre. Lyn has also worked extensively in musical theatre, short films and commercials. When she is not being Mordialloc’s Finance Manager or taking part in theatre events you will find her on the golf course. She hopes you enjoy this wonderful Australian play.

Breanna Geer

Abbey

Breanna Geer

Originally from Tasmania, Breanna has been acting for over fifteen years in a variety of theatre, film and commercial projects including THE NIGHTINGALE and THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE KILLER. Bree has also worked in post-production on television shows such as ROSEHAVEN and RFDS, and has trained in long form Improv Comedy at THE IMPROV CONSPIRACY. HEARTH is Bree’s first show with Mordialloc Theatre Company.

Sergeant Lauren

Tanya Wade

Tanya feels privileged to be a part of HEARTH, her first production with Mordialloc Theatre Company. Tanya has recently been seen as the fiery and tough Rona in Brighton Theatre Company’s award winning production, THE REVLON GIRL in 2023, as the quirky and fast paced multiple characterisations in Beaumaris Theatre Company’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS – A COMEDY ADVENTURE in 2023 and as the loveable and unhinged Cherry in COSI in 2022. Tanya remembers tragic stories of victims who perished on Black Saturday- she extends her heartfelt sorrow to anyone that was affected by the fires.

Damian Jones

Damian Jones

Director

Damian makes his Mordialloc Theatre Company directorial debut with this production of HEARTH. An actor with decades of experience including an appearance many years ago at Mordialloc in THE VENETIAN TWINS, his favourite roles include Max in LAST CAB TO DARWIN with Sherbrooke Theatre Company, Leo Bailey in MR BAILEY’S MINDER with Williamstown Little Theatre, George in LIFE AFTER GEORGE with Peridot Theatre. In recent times Damian has turned his focus more on direction, with productions of ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR with Malvern Theatre Company, BRILLIANT LIES with Peridot, AFTER DINNER with Sherbrooke and the 2022 VDL nominated WHEN DAD MARRIED FURY with Encore Theatre Company.

Blake Stringer

Matthew

Blake Stringer

HEARTH is Blake’s thirty-first production, and is his second time working with Mordialloc Theatre Company, with his first being THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR back in 2017. Select credits elsewhere include at Williamstown Little Theatre in PHOTOGRAPH 51 in 2024, at STAG Theatre in THE NORMAL HEART in 2023, at Brighton Theatre Company in TORCH SONG in 2022, for 1812 Theatre in THE HISTORY BOYS in 2022, GHOSTS in 2019, NEVER THE SINNER in 2017 and PATIENT 12 in 2015. Off the stage, Blake has a passion for music production, sound design, videography, photography, video games and spread sheets.

Sam Wyles

Tom

Sam Wyles

Sam has been acting since 2016 and has performed on stage in musicals and various plays. He really enjoys participating in live performance and has a profound passion for Australian theatre. In 2020, he completed his Diploma in Theatre Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. From the Yarra Valley, Sam has ventured outside his area and is extremely excited to be joining Mordialloc Theatre Company in this production of Fleur Murphy’s HEARTH.