Darling buds of May in Bridgetown

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Mariette will be played by Chloe Astill and Pa and Ma Larkin will be played by real life couple Anthony and Tracy Fleming.
Camera IconMariette will be played by Chloe Astill and Pa and Ma Larkin will be played by real life couple Anthony and Tracy Fleming. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre’s production of the Darling Buds of May will come into bloom in early September, its first show since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Running for two weeks, shows will run once a day from September 10-13 and from September 17-20.

Based on a novel by H.E. Bates, the story centres around the Larkin family who live in rural England in the 1950s.

The lead roles of Ma and Pa Larkin will be played by Tracy Fleming and Anthony Fleming, Mariette Larkin by Chloe Astill and Mr Charlton by Luke Gloede.

Director Rob Snelling said the show was one that he had always wanted to do and he had the people to do it at this moment.

“This is a group of people who I think have the ability to carry the positive enthusiasm of this show,” he said.

“It’s a celebration of life and you need to have a certain group of people who can carry those roles ... and I think we’ve got them at the moment.”

The production will also mark the first time that the Repertory Theatre’s new lighting system and refurbished front of house area will be used.

Tickets are available at trybooking.com/BKTMI.

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