Imagine being cooped up inside your house for almost a month in quarantine from a plague, as you prepare to flee with nothing but the clothes on your back. Just before you flee, two people sneak into your boarded up house.
This brief storyline forms part of the production One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace, which has its final performance at the ANU Arts Centre on Saturday, 17 May.
One Flea Spare is the second play in the National University Theatre Society’s 2014 season of female playwrights. It tells the story of a wealthy couple who are preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl sneak into their boarded up house.
Quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing the strangers fear more than the plague, is each other. Outside, the watchman stalks the streets like death itself, while inside, the structures that once held society together are turned upside down.
One Flea Spare has achieved much critical acclaim, including winning the Off-Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play in 1997 in New York.
The production is directed by ANU students Gowrie Varma and Ellie Greenwood who both directed When the Rain Stops Falling in 2013. The play is created and directed by ANU students, from costume and set design to lighting design and operation and stars Andrew Eddey, Cheski Walker, Sarah Heywood, George Mitton and Lewis McDonald.