It’s the morning of your wedding day. You’re all dressed in white, the flowers are white and so is the ice-cream wedding cake. In fact, the entire theme is white. Well, it was. After a night of unbridled passion, you’ve woken up in a hotel room with a stranger you had planned on never seeing again. But now you can’t leave the hotel. You’re an Egyptian immigrant working as a taxi-driver to put yourself through university. Your passenger is unbelievably rude and the last person you’d want to be trapped in a car with. Two heart-broken strangers stranded in a deserted airport departure lounge. A volatile step-daughter who desperately needs you, but you’re one of the few people with the expertise to deal with the dusty phenomenon, which has brought the entire city to a standstill. Imagine Perth’s endless blue demeanour has turn into a rust-coloured world? No-one is sure why or how or even the implications of a red dust storm. Is it toxic or has the end of the world arrived? The symbolism of the colour red is extensive: anger, passion, energy, power, violence, and the list goes on and can be applied to any of the chaotic sub-plots played out by the characters dealing with the ordeals of life, death and love. The enveloping calm beauty causes hysteria, fear, tenderness, recklessness and loneliness; depending on your perspective of the sudden otherworldly landscape. Visually stunning, thought provoking, and written by talented playwright Suzie Miller, Red Dust has encapsulated the vulnerability of the mining industry and humanity. Will its characters go bust or boom? Dust is part of the Perth Winter Arts Season 2014 and plays at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia until 13th July 2014.
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