By Claire Ottaviano
BELLEVUE resident Luke Heath will make his debut as writer and co-director at Perth Fringe World Festival 2021 with his play Dream Girl.
The play premieres this Saturday at the Don Russell Performing Arts Center and continues at the Sewing Room later this month.
Dream Girl tells the story of Jess and Belinda, a couple who feel they must hide their love as they deal with pressures of societal norms and the experiences of youth and bullying.
“When we first started working on Dream Girl, I was thinking of movies like Mean Girls, and High School Musical,” Heath said.
“I’m sure many of us will have experienced a high school crush and being rejected by that person.
“However, I wanted to give a different reason for that rejection, and help the audience look in the mirror and see how different people handle rejection in their own way, be it positive or negative.”
The 34-year-old got a taste for theatre at age 15 when he appeared in the chorus of a pantomime at Greenmount’s Marloo Theatre.
He went on to study a bachelor of arts in 2015, writing several plays after and is also in the process of writing a young adult fantasy series.
Heath said his play writing in particular dealt with real life issues while novel writing was about escapism.
“My mum is a clinical psychologist and dad was a Uniting Church minister and a marriage councillor so knowing about real issues, relationships and those sorts of things certainly had an effect on the way I process things and how I explore them in my writing,” he said.
Dream Girl will run at the Don Russell Auditorium on January 16 and 17 and at The Sewing Room January 20, 27 and 28.
Bookings at www .fringeworld.com.au