Hard slog at harvest time with dark secrets

Peachy production: Amy Crilley (Sheena) and Hannah Montgomery (Zoe) in The Peach Season.DRAMA, love and desperation are elements which make up the Castle Hill Players’ latest production The Peach Season at the Pavilion Theatre.

Written by acclaimed playwright Debra Oswald, the classic Australian drama follows the story of Celia who loses her husband under tragic circumstances.

Determined to keep her daughter Zoe safe, Celia moves to an isolated peach farm.

Desperate to find pickers for her ripe fruit, against her better judgment, Celia hires a pair of out-of-town drifters to help. But the young brother and sister are hiding a dark secret which threatens to make Celia’s fears come true.

Director Bernard Teuben said audiences would be moved by the story which evokes the heat, scent and hard slog at harvest time.

“It’s a lovely story of love and relationships, and how they tie it together,” Teuben said.

“There are some very funny moments, there are some very poignant and touching moments in it.”

The Peach Season is Teuben’s third production with the Castle Hill Players.

He said he chose to produce the classic play because he wanted a good Australian story.

“I like Australian plays and there aren’t a lot of plays in Australia written this well,” he said.

The Peach Season is open at the Pavilion Theatre and runs until Saturday, October 19.

Tickets: $26 (adult), $21 (concession).

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