The Laundrette, Hannah Smith’s new show, focuses on life’s struggles

Theatre director Hannah Smith's young career will take a new turn on Friday with the opening of The Laundrette.

Where previously she has focused on more whimsical musicals, her latest production will explore heavier themes against a backdrop of cardboard washing machines.

"The Laundrette is about people who struggle on the dole, who can't get work, who have left school, having trouble at school, parents who are divorced, a widow - all the individual struggles people go through," she said.

"The reason the boxes are cardboard is the laundrette is almost fake, somewhere people go to release their tension in their life.

"When you go to the milk bar in another scene it's more colourful, it's ... an idealised version of what they want their lives to be."

She sourced the set dressing from Radio Rentals, who donated a dozen boxes and dropped them off at her house.

Proceeds from the show will go towards Teen Challenge in Murray Bridge.

Hannah said she had been impressed by a presentation the organisation gave at her high school.

"They support youth who are going through addiction," she said.

"What we're doing (in youth theatre) is supporting youth and providing opportunities, so it kind of makes sense."

  • Performances: 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday at The Station, Murray Bridge.
  • Tickets: $5 donation at the door.
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