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About Dust & Ruin

29th March to 5th April 2008

  • Genre: Drama

  • Director: Julian Oldfield


Trevor Day


Elizabeth Wood


Lesley Hale


Liesl Vanderkley


Peter Nethercote


John Daykin


Lincoln Hunt



  • Director & Design

    Julian Oldfield

  • Stage Manager

    Sally Reed

  • Crew

    Lincoln Hunt & Kate Peachey

  • Lighting Design

    Liam Mudge

  • Lighting Assistant

    Marshall Woolfrey & Jackie Wood

  • Costume Coordinator

    Peter Nethercote

  • Sound Recording

    Michael Zala

Performance Gallery


Reviewer: Gail Sjogren

Ballarat National Theatre is this year celebrating 70 years of bringing quality theatre productions to the Ballarat stage. Their current production, The Edge of Darkness, certainly maintains the high standard established over those years.

Playwright Brian Clemens has a list of writing credits a page long, including many well known film and television scripts and stage plays, so it is little wonder that this play is tightly scripted and keeps our interest to the last moment.

Set in the early years of last century, the plot centres around Laura and Max, who are bringing home to their isolated residence their long-lost daughter Emma, discovered in a Dublin convent three years after she disappeared and suffering from total amnesia. Or is she? And are they what they seem? The plot twists and turns; each time I thought I had figured it out, a new twist moved me in another direction. There are some welcome touches of dry humour, mostly at the hands of Penny the maidservant, played delightfully by Elizabeth Wood, and Hardy the enigmatic manservant, deftly portrayed by Trevor Day.

As the parents rediscovering their lost daughter, Lesley Hale and Peter Nethercote are totally convincing, with subtle body language which hints to us that all may not be as it seems. Liesl Vanderkley is their daughter, by turns charming and vulnerable. John Daykin is forceful and menacing in a small but crucial role.

The excellent acting is played out on a detailed and authentic set, where little touches like the wind blowing the curtains add atmospheric impact and Julian Oldfield’s direction keeps the action moving swiftly. I can fully recommend this production and do hope that it will be really well supported.