Bunbury Repertory Theatre donates royalities of latest play to FAWNA

Siobhan Maiden, Abby Ross, Charise DAth and Kym D'Ath will all feature in the upcoming 'Petite Plays' performances.

Siobhan Maiden, Abby Ross, Charise DAth and Kym D'Ath will all feature in the upcoming 'Petite Plays' performances.

THE BUNBURY Repertory Club will donate the royalties of one of their upcoming plays towards the construction of Western Australia's first, wildlife hospital.

On September 24, actors from the club will perform 'An Agent of Change' written by John Bishop, a story about age and youth and reconciling the needs of the individual with the needs of society.

Playwright Matt Thompsons' 'Complete History of Theatre (abridged) will also be put on as part of the theatre's one act, 'Petite Plays' performances.

Bunbury Repertory Club Director Charise D'Ath said it was when the club contacted Mr Bishop, he asked that instead of paying the royalties for the play to him, that they would be donated to a charity of choice.

"An Agent of Change was written in 1988 and is based on real events in Perth," Ms D'Ath said.

"It's a humous exploration of the generational divide and the human desire to risk inevitable change featuring a biologist, a local ranger and a woman who just loves feeding the ducks at the park."

Ms D'Ath said the royalities will go to FAWNA or Fostering Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid, a not-for-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Based in Busselton, the organisation aims to provide the best care for orphaned, injured or abandoned wildlife.

"We immediately thought of FAWNA because they're trying to build WA's first, local wildlife hospital here. So we thought what a great connection to them, looking after our environment and looking after our local, native fauna," Ms D'Ath said.

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Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid president Suzanne Strapp said the donation would go straight toward what was 'important, 'Western Australia's first, regional, wildlife hospital.

"This hospital will be West Australia's first, dedicated wildlife hospital and research centre," Ms Strapp said.

"Most people assume we already have a wildlife hospital in the South West, but we don't. We rely on the good nature of our domestic and livestock vets, but they actually aren't trained specifically in wildlife.

"We're so grateful for this donation because any funds we can get towards this project are going to help make this happen."

FAWNA president Suzanne Strapp with liberal Collie-Preston candidate Jane Goff at FAWNA's Possum Finishing School.

FAWNA president Suzanne Strapp with liberal Collie-Preston candidate Jane Goff at FAWNA's Possum Finishing School.

Ms Strapp said the plans for the hospital, which is set to be based in Ludlow within the Shire of Capel, were being met with support by the community.

She said in order to save different wildlife species in the South West, both a dedicated hospital and a research centre was needed.

"Species are unfortunately going extinct because we just don't know enough about them," Ms Strapp said.

"It's kind of like going to a masseuse when you need a physiotherapist. Our vets here are really keen to help but sometimes they have to put wildlife down because they don't have the tools."

Bunbury Repertory Club's 'Petite Plays' will begin on September 24 and conclude on October 2 at Eaton's Little Theatre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.bunburyrepertory.org.au/tickets.

Visit https://www.fawna.com.au/ to donate and to stay up to date with the hospital.

"An Agent of Change follows a scientist wading through the lakes of Perth, researching the insect population, and is faced with a sticky mystery. It's a great story," Ms D'Ath said.