Director Timothy Wynn and actor Imogen Gilfedder-Cooney launch the controversial Edward Bond play Saved.
Director Timothy Wynn and actor Imogen Gilfedder-Cooney launch the controversial Edward Bond play Saved. Rob Williams

Will time save play from drama?

IPSWICH theatregoers have the chance to witness the return of a controversial play not seen in Queensland since 1972.

Ipswich-raised producer and director Timothy Wynn will make his hometown debut tonight with the famously confronting drama Saved, by Edward Bond.

Mr Wynn said the THAT Production Company's play would challenge audiences to look further into the reasons behind social problems.

"The play doesn't necessarily solve or explain the reasons for violence, but it makes people look a bit harder into the background," Mr Wynn said.

"In no way do we excuse violence because of people's circumstances, but it might make people think twice about characters hanging out at the Ipswich train station late at night."

The show's last Queensland performance, at La Boite Theatre 29 years ago, saw a walkout of more than 50 people during the first act.

Mr Wynn hoped people's attitudes had since changed.

"Obviously we don't want to scare audiences off, but the show does have a track record of walkouts."

He said the play was best suited to people over the age of 16, because its message "speaks to adults".

"It's a violent play, and there are sexual themes.

"We wanted to drive home the confronting element of the play, but we didn't want to make it too gory or overshadow the message. It was a fine line," Mr Wynn said.

"Mr Wynn said the play's cast was made up of Ipswich and Brisbane actors.

"It's about a 50/50 balance. We've got local actors including mother and daughter team Brenna Lee-Cooney and Imogen Gilfedder-Cooney."

Aged 23, Mr Wynn has already produced four plays at Brisbane venues. He is a St Edmund's College alumni, and has acted in local productions and toured with FAME as a child.

He received a grant from the Ipswich City Council to support his study in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film.

Interestingly, Saved was revived in London last week after a 25-year absence from the city's stages.

Saved will be performed at the Old Ipswich Courthouse from tonight until Saturday at 7.30pm. Visit www.thatproductioncompany.com.au for tickets.



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