Three tales to test your forgiveness

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

When is doing the wrong thing, the right thing? Are there limits to even the most absolute moral laws? Can evil ever be justified?

The Burnie Arts and Function Centre’s first performance as part for the 2015 Performing Arts Subscription season, As We Forgive, explores these questions.

Presented by Tasmania Performs, As We Forgive features three eminent theatre practitioners. Multi award-winning playwright Tom Holloway, celebrated director Julian Meyrick and the formidable actor Robert Jarman, come together in this absorbing production about the motives, the methods and the meaning of forgiveness.

Audiences will have the chance to see this gripping piece of theatre twice with a show on Friday 13 February at 8 pm and Saturday 14 February at 2 pm.

In this elegantly and meticulously prepared drama, Jarman tells three separate, unrelated stories of solitary men, who are injured, yet enduring, grieving yet gregarious, and who must each confront the fact and act of forgiveness in their lives.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “Robert Jarman is well known to the Burnie theatre stage and commands control of the entire audience. He performed a short exert at the launch of the 2015 season and had the whole audience on the edge of their seat wanting to find out what happens next.”

The performance will be accompanied by cellist, Antony Morgan, with a score composed by Raffaele Marcellino. Wynyard’s own Nicolas Higgins has designed the atmospheric lighting; and the images of domestic spaces and buildings that will be projected are by Tasmanian photographer Lisa Garland. The music, lighting, and the images all beautifully marry with the work, to give an impression of the past.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “This is mature theatre at its best, performed by one of Tasmania’s most experienced and multi-talented artists. Jarman has been a director, performer, writer and designer; and in 2000, was awarded the Federation Medal for his services to performing arts.

“Playwright Tom Holloway, who is now one of Australia’s hottest writers, created the characters in As We Forgive especially for Jarman, who mentored and supported the writer since his early days.”

If you’d like to help BAFC provide disadvantaged young people living in our region the wonderful experience of theatre, please donate to Open House. All donations can be made via our Box Office and will be used solely to provide transport and seats to disadvantaged school aged children in our region.

For ticket information or to donate to Open House, please contact the Box Office on 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728