Merrigong theater show The Sirens’ Return has sold out its season at Port Kembla Pool | Mercury of Illawarra

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Illawarra creator Anne-Louise Rentell’s highly anticipated musical theater work is playing this week at Port Kembla Pool. Return of the Sirens is a unique offering for theatergoers, as guests receive wireless headphones to hear the dialogue and music unfold as the sun sets. I attended Monday night’s performance which was technically a “preview” with full costumes and a band, although it was without the projection and lighting design due to earlier issues with the rain . The show ends on Saturday and the season is now sold out, but if you’re one of the lucky ones to get a ticket, here’s what to expect. Read more: SAS Australia snuck into Illawarra for two weeks of filming THE LOCATION Clients sit on the grassy hillside with sweeping views of Port Kembla beach and the sunset in the distance. It’s general admission, so first to have the best choice of where to sit. It’s completely outdoors with no cover and the breeze gets chilly at times, so pack a sweater or blanket. For extra comfort, you might want a picnic mat and cushions, an ottoman if you can manage it, or a low chair. There is no food or drink for sale on site, but you can bring your own cheese, dips, picnic-style food – but this is an alcohol-free event. Read more: Cider producer Darkes Forest offers new drink HOW TO GET HERE Port Kembla Pool is located on Olympic Boulevard in Port Kembla. Ample free parking is available less than 100 meters away in the car park opposite and along Cowper Street in Port Kembla. For customers with mobility problems, there is a drop-off point with access ramp at the roundabout in front of the Port Kembla swimming pool. Reception staff will be on hand to assist you if needed. If people need special assistance when arriving at the swimming pool, call 4224 5917. THE SHOW It lasts approximately two hours without intermission. Since the show takes place around the pool, you wouldn’t want to interrupt it by walking past the performers for a bathroom break – get there ahead of time. My husband said he found the eclectic music “soothing and relaxing” as the natural backdrop changed color as the sun set. It’s an original score written to fit the original work of director Anne-Louise Rentell, with a cast of six women who each tell the stories of where they live, Port Kembla. Although it’s played in the pool with references to mermaid mythology and glittering lycra suits, there’s no synchronized swimming in the production. Rentell was inspired by oral histories collected from women living in different eras of the Steel City, as well as First Nations Dreamtime. It’s a culturally diverse production with stories of Wentworth Street – of growing up as a person of color and being ‘hosed down’ by nuns, of working around the corner, of reminiscing about working days at the old Bonds factory. To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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