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Friday, May 27, 2016 – Bendigo Weekly

Family takes to the stage


Memoir of a life in turmoil


Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99


ROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller. As the daughters of an English-born farmer and his Anglo-Kenyan wife, Fuller and her sister learn to negotiate a hazardous landscape, potentially lethal wildlife, rampant diseases and political volatility. Complicating the mix is their mother’s emotional instability and both parents’ excessive drinking and financial recklessness. Nothing prepares the girls, however, for life in the wider world. Beyond the relative comfort of her father’s various farms, as a young wife living with her American adventurer husband in the capital, Lusaka, Fuller first encounters the unfamiliar insecurity of feeling alien. With each new life event – the birth of her children, the family’s move to the US, the couple’s search for work and acquisition of a mortgage – Fuller’s discomfort escalates. Emotionally distanced from her husband, she begins to wonder if their marriage can survive the pitfalls of a materi-

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ally driven Western existence in a culture completely at odds with her simplistic upbringing. In Leaving Before the Rains Come Fuller grapples with the possibility that the union is beyond salvation: “Ours (has) contracted into a grocerylist relationship – finances, children, housekeeping,” she writes. She describes the loneliness and isolation of first-time motherhood and the lack of support that leaves her floundering. At the same time she questions her own identity. No-longer truly African, she finds herself caught somewhere between her youth in tropical southern Africa and her adulthood in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Idaho, distanced physically from one place but never quite fully acclimatised to the other. Fuller’s frank assessment of her uncomfortable circumstances creates a memoir that is likely to trigger self-examination in many readers and prompt some to review their own choices. – Rosalea Ryan

ICKETS are now on sale for the musical comedy The Addams Family, brought to you by the Bendigo Theatre Company. The company will be bringing innovative state-of the-art digital projection – the likes of which are seen on professional stages around the world – a first for the company. Bendigo Theatre Company co-director Vern Wall said rehearsals are in full swing. “We have a crazy cast and we are ahead of schedule already which will make for a brilliant show,” he said. “Bring your family to meet our kooky family. “It’s a fabulously entertaining show, that everyone will enjoy.” The Bendigo-first production

Foster and Allen return F

OSTER and Allen, Ireland’s most famous and successful duo, are coming to Bendigo in June. Mick Foster and Tony Allen have been performing together for more than 30 years, and this will be their 18th trip to Australia. These charismatic singers have been performing their unique blend of easy listening and folk music all over the world and their popularity is proven by their record sales. Between them they have sold 20 million records, making them one of Ireland’s biggest entertain-

ment exports, in the same league as U2, Enya, Boyzone and The Corrs. With this tour they will release their 27th album Celebration which celebrates Foster and Allen’s 40 years as a performing, touring and recording duo. This new album features two duets with The Chieftans and Sir Jimmy Shand and his band. Foster and Allen play the Ulumbarra Theatre on Sunday, June 5. Book on 5434 6100 or www.

will be staged at Ulumbarra from Thursday, June 30 until Sunday, July 3, with both matinee and evening performances. Tickets can be bought through The Bendigo Theatre Compa-

ny’s last production, Mary Poppins, sold out weeks before the show, so theatre-goers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. For more information go to

THE BTC CREW: All set for the Addams Family. Photos: ALANA BOULTON

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