‘4 Devils – Hell and High Water’
Thursday 24 April – one night only
The Regent Theatre
Yarram, Gippsland, Victoria
Written by Lily Hibberd
Directed by Darren McCubbin
All local cast
This six-act play tells the story of the rise and fall of cinema in Yarram. A play within the play, it stages an attempt to recreate the first ever film shown at the Regent Theatre in 1930, ‘4 Devils’, by F.W. Murnau, a silent movie from 1929 that was lost in the 40s and has never been found.
The central plot follows the life story of Margaret Adelia Thompson, known as ‘MA’. A female pioneer, MA built and ran two picture theatres and two hotels in Yarram. She is remembered as a powerful, independent and confronting woman, most unacceptably so for the time. Other famous entities from The Regent Theatre’s past reappear during the play to help restage ‘4 Devils’, including the marvellous George Scammell.
Tickets: $10 on the door.
The Cinemas Project: Exploring the Spectral Spaces of Cinema in Regional Victoria.
Five Artists / Five Projects / April to August 2014.
Read more about Lily Hibberd’s project: Twin Cinema: 4 Devils and a Woman in Red