A scene from Roland Thring and the Year all his Christmases Came at Once, performed by Finn O’Branagain and Susan Prince.
A scene from Roland Thring and the Year all his Christmases Came at Once, performed by Finn O’Branagain and Susan Prince. ROMY SIEGMANN

A dark fairytale to hit Bundy

WHAT can parents do if they cannot find entertainment for their children?

Well, if you’re Bundaberg writer Rod Ainsworth, you pen them a play.

“I’ve got young kids and really wanted to write something appropriate for that age group,” Mr Ainsworth said.

Roland Thring and the Year all his Christmases Came at Once — a tale about a young boy who climbs a radio tower and, after being struck by lightning, discovers he has secret powers — was well received by audiences during its first season of performances in Cairns earlier this month.

“It’s really an hour-long fairytale,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“It’s a Grimms type of fairytale, it’s not all sweetness and light.”

The writer said the play dealt with serious themes, as well as being “light and uplifting”.

“It’s also about what it means to be connected to other people and be part of the community,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“It’ll be an hour where kids, parents and grandparents can all take delight in storytelling.”

Roland Thring will show at the Playhouse Theatre from January 13-16.

But bookings for the show should be made at the Moncrieff Theatre.

There will be six performances of the play in Bundaberg.

For more information, visit www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au/moncrieff.



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