MOTION OF LIGHT IN WATER: The future could be terrifying

Ray Chong Nee, Paul Blenheim, Laura Maitland, Tom Dent and Jacinta Yelland on the set of The Motion of Light in Water, now showing at the Butter Factory Theatre. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Ray Chong Nee, Paul Blenheim, Laura Maitland, Tom Dent and Jacinta Yelland on the set of The Motion of Light in Water, now showing at the Butter Factory Theatre. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

JACINTA Yelland is enjoying her latest role as captain aboard a spaceship in an imaginative world.

She’s one of six actors in the latest HotHouse Theatre production The Motion of Light in Water, opening today.

“There are not many props but I mime a lot,” Miss Yelland said.

“There’s also the music and lighting ... when that all comes on the spaceship comes alive.”

The play is inspired by the life and work of US author and literary critic Samuel L. Delany.

In a damaged world fearful of aliens, it follows Chip and Marilyn, who were born in a vibrant and violent New York City.

They support one another fighting intolerance and poverty.

Writer and director Marcel Dorney described it as “a sci-fi love story like nothing you’ve ever seen before”.

“Combining their extraordinary imaginative powers, they embark on a futuristic journey to explore beautiful and terrifying new worlds,” he said.

The play was commissioned by HotHouse Theatre and developed by Elbow Room with help from Arts Victoria, TheatreWorks and the Australia Council.

It runs until Saturday at The Butter Factory Theatre on the Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga.

Tickets cost $47, $40 concession, $20 under-26s (opening night $57, concession $50).

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