AFTER being produced and awarded around Australia, The Salt Maiden, the haunting retelling of an ancient story of love between a mermaid and human, returns to the island it began on – the Redlands’ own Coochiemudlo Island – this time as a film.
Written by playwright Donna Cameron, of Wellington Point, the play was performed in Brisbane in 2002, Perth in 2005 and Sydney earlier this year.
It also won the 2002 Glen Eira Literacy Award, Victoria, for a short play published in that year.
Following the successful Sydney season, director Beverley Callow returned home to Queensland, where she visited Coochiemudlo Island and decided to film the story on the island it was set on, and where Donna lived while writing it.
The play tells the story of Rana, a mysterious young woman who moves to an island to help conquer her fear of drowning. The island’s ferryman falls in love with her and, as Rana rides the ferries, the characters are pulled closer together until memory, myth, past and present merge shockingly into one.
Beverley said she received a Regional Arts Development fund grant to hold a creative workshop on the island with Donna, herself, actors Aaron Davison, Sandra Campbell and SBS East West 101’s Renee Lim, AFI award-winning director of photography Randall Wood, and world renowned composer and original instrument inventor Colin Offord, of Macleay Island, which will be held next week.
Actors will perform script reading for members of the public, free of charge, at the Coochiemudlo Community Hall at 2pm on Friday, 22nd July.
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