Bonegilla history centre stage

Jade Thomson and Amanda Pearce star on stage in Me and Bonegilla. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Jade Thomson and Amanda Pearce star on stage in Me and Bonegilla. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

A NEW theatre production tells the history of the Bonegilla migrant camp like never before.

Performers Jade Thomson and Amanda Pearce, from Two Friends Productions, bring the story of the centre to life in Me and Bonegilla.

The 45-minute piece is educational and entertaining, Ms Thomson said.

“We’ve tried to deliver it in the funniest way possible while still maintaining the truth,” she said.

“We set out to make it as accessible as possible but also have people take in the information.”

The duo met at the Ballarat Arts Academy and have worked with the State Library of Victoria, the National Sports Museum and Sovereign Hill.

“The productions give us the opportunity to learn so much history and to really be able to interpret that in such an enjoyable way for the kids,” Ms Thomson said.

“It’s really great to see how much the kids enjoy it and how much they learn from it.

“The information is interesting to us and it’s rewarding to pass that on to the kids.”

The show launched at the Albury Library Museum last Sunday and will be shown at Bonegilla at 2pm tomorrow.

“It’s a free public performance and then we’re performing to schools there on Monday and Tuesday,” Ms Thomson said.

“It’s been really positive; we’ve had a lot of really great responses.”

Two Friends Productions has about 15 shows in its repertoire, most of which focus on Australian history.

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