The Lighthouse Girl’s family excited for performance

A local family will watch their grandmother, and mother, Faye Howe’s childhood come to life when The Lighthouse Girl comes to Mandurah.

Mandurah woman Tracey Timmins said the play was based on her grandmother Faye, who was 14-years-old when war broke out in 1914.

Faye lived on the Breaksea Island lighthouse in Albany with her father, the lighthouse keeper. 

Ms Timmins said about 40,000 soldiers left Albany on ships between October and December in 2014.

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She said her grandmother communicated by morse code to nearby soldiers and would let their families know they were well. 

“The soldiers would write to her, and thank her for what she did,” Ms Timmins said. 

The play was adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner and based on the award-winning novels from author Dianne Wolfer.

The show enjoyed sell-out world premiere seasons in both Albany and Perth in 2017.

Ms Timmins said her father Don Watson, Faye’s youngest son, would be accompanying her to the Mandurah show.

“I saw the show in Perth and it was excellent,” she said. 

The performance will be at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on April 24. 

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The Black Swan State Theatre Company received $197,147 through the Regional and Remote Touring Fund to tour the play to seven regional venues across WA, in time for Anzac Day. 

Mandurah MP David Templeman said the play was timely for the state. 

“This is a uniquely Western Australian story, written by a wonderful Western Australian writer that is shared at a very special time of the year, where we remember and commemorate the Anzac story,” he said.