Tale of a bad Bard director

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Jeffrey Watkins, Lauren Beeton and former Onslow resident Ron Arthurs are appearing in the world premiere of professional premises.
Camera IconJeffrey Watkins, Lauren Beeton and former Onslow resident Ron Arthurs are appearing in the world premiere of professional premises.

A former Pilbara resident is ready to take to the stage in Perth when he stars in an exciting new play.

Ron Arthurs, who left Onslow in 1980 before moving to Perth, will star in the production called Professional Premises.

Written by Perth playwright Andrew O’Connell and presented by Company O, the play follows a series of rehearsals of Shakespeare’s The Tempest led by a less-than-competent theatre director.

Mr Arthurs will play the character Dave, an actor rehearsing to be Prospero who vows to expose the theatre director as a fraud.

Mr Arthurs said people viewing the performance would see the behind the scenes process of a play.

“They can expect to see some interesting Shakespeare, interesting in that it’s discussed and discussed,” he said.

“Hopefully they can see something that leaves an enjoyment and touches the emotions.”

Mr Arthurs said he has always loved performing and was bitten by the theatre bug at a young age.

“I officially started theatre when I was 18, but my first major role before that, I was 10,” he said.

The production will have its curtain raised later this month at Paper Mountain in Northbridge.

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