Cold Light @ The Street Theatre Ambassadors' Cocktail Party

3 February 2017

The production of ‘Cold Light’, the third book in the formidable trilogy by Frank Moorhouse centred on Edith Campbell Berry, is focused on her return from Europe to Canberra in the 50’s. Adapted by Alana Valentine, realising this on the stage at the Street Theatre is director Caroline Stacey, and for a number of reasons and connections my personal anticipation is in the clever mixing of real and fictional characters of that then young city, and my family’s connections with them.

My grandfather was the secretary to the Australian Delegation to the first assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva and would know and recognise so many of the characters and it’s times like this when I wish he was here to discuss and advise as I was too young to appreciate the history in the making of this story. I love the book and know this production will bring to life many of the intrigues and urban myths of 50’s Canberra and those of us with early connections. Edith had aspirations based on her success at the League of Nations but Canberra was a different world.  

An ‘Ambassadors Circle’ of guests joined the cast at the Street Theatre to sip on martinis in the best tradition of a soiree akin to the old days of External Affairs - that preceded the current department of Foreign Affairs – and garner an insight into the production that will feature Sonia Todd in the role of Edith, supported by a formidable cast.

‘Cold Light’ will have its premiere on 4th March and run until the 18 March and now is the time to book those tickets, find a fab 50’s outfit to get in the mood and join a peek back to the early days with the formidable Edith, her cross- dressing husband Ambrose and Communist agitator brother Fred.