By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS
Weaving yarns both figurative and literal, Alana Valentine’s Head Full of Love follows two journeying women who meet up unexpectedly at the annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival. On the surface Nessa and Tilly seem to have little in common, but as their friendship grows, they find common threads while crafting their beanie.
Nessa is a white woman leaving her Sydney life behind while Tilly, a Pitjantjatjara woman, is on a whole different kind of pilgrimage. Interestingly, the play is bilingual. Some of Tilly’s dialogue is in her traditional language so contemporary audiences get a rare opportunity to hear a native dialect spoken. It explores some contentious issues such as health conditions in remote Indigenous communities providing valuable insights, but handled with sensitivity and humour.
In honour of the 19th annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Frankston and area locals will have a chance to see some amazing beanies on display at Frankston Library from July 12 to 16 and to attend a Bling Your Beanie workshop at Cube 37, Monday 13 July from 6–8pm. All participants will go into a draw to win two free tickets to the matinee performance on Thursday 16 July.
Head Full of Love plays at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday 15 July at 8pm and Thursday 16 July at 1pm.
Bookings: 9784 1060 or thefac.com.au
Beanie exhibition takes place at Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston.
Beanie workshop at Cube 37 (FAC) Frankston.
Workshop bookings on: 9784 1896.