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Actors John Pomfret, Rodney van Groningen and Joe Isaia rehearse The First Henry.

Three monarchs show rivalry, greed, lust

KALAMUNDA Dramatic Society’s first show of 2015 is The First Henry, written and directed by Carl Pomfret.

Pomfret is an award winning playwright and writes for both stage and screen. His credits include Sex-Toys, The Day of the Moribund, Mona, Days in the Dark and Hooker From Hell, which won the Independent Theatre Association’s people’s choice award and best direction award at The Hills Festival.

He said people asked why he was inspired to write The First Henry.

“The initial idea occurred to me when I was gathering material for 1066, a screenplay of mine which involved three monarchs vying for the throne of England, and whose steps towards that goal culminated in two decisive battles – Stamford Bridge and, finally, the Battle of Hastings,’’ he said.

“The victor of the last campaign was, of course, William the Conqueror, the father of the three main characters in The First Henry.”

“It is now the year 1095, and with history repeating itself, the sons of William the Conqueror – Henry, Rufus and Robert, are trying to win the crown.

“But instead of portraying battle scenes The First Henry delves into the minds of each brother and their personal lives, revealing how much their father may have influenced the men they have become.

“Which brother will succeed the throne and what are they prepared to do to hold onto the crown?”

Deceit, treachery, sibling rivalry, greed and lust; this play has it all.

The strong and experienced cast includes Rodney van Groningen, Joe Isaia, John Pomfret, Keith Scrivens and Kim Taylor.

KADS Theatre is in Barber St, Kalamunda.

The season runs from Friday, February 13 to Saturday, March 7, (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday).

The show starts at 8pm.

On Saturday nights a fish and chip supper is served at interval.

To book contact Lucky Charm Newsagent, Kalamunda Central on 9257 2668 and for discounted group bookings call Terry Hackett on 9293 4746.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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