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Ghosts in the Scheme - World Premiere

Written and directed by Scott Rankin

Lex Marinos features in Ghosts in the Scheme developed through Project Cosmopolitana. 


The world premiere of the theatre production, Ghosts in the Scheme, on Wednesday 2 September, marks the culmination of more than two years work to bring the stories of the early migrants who came to the Cooma and Canberra regions to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

South East Arts partnered with internationally renowned company Big hART, Canberra Theatre Centre and Cooma-Monaro Shire Council on the project that received funding through the Regional Arts Fund.

South East Arts Regional Development Arts Officer, Andrew Gray, said the production showed what can be achieved through partnerships, and especially when the local community is genuinely involved.

‘It’s been great to have Big hART collaborating with the Cooma community to create Ghosts in the Scheme and an exciting opportunity for five locals to be part of the show in Canberra,’ Andrew said.

‘Our key artists, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen have created some memorable songs inspired by stories from Snowy workers, and we are looking forward to seeing our regional stories and characters celebrated on stage,’ he said.

Set upon a backdrop of the town’s rich underbelly and featuring a soundtrack played live on stage by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen (pictured above), Ghosts in the Scheme, explores the complex friendship of three of these residents.

Actors Lex Marinos, Anne Grigg and Bruce Myles each embody Snowy locals, weaving a story of three complex friendships, full of the secrets, loves and twists of fate that so-called ‘ordinary’ lives embrace. As life’s endgame approaches, these characters can enjoy passive acceptance or relish fighting the inevitable.

Read more about the project here

Book tickets here

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