LOCAL creative, James Lawson, based his production of ‘The Crossing’ on interviews with survivors.

The performance, which was staged by the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group at their State Coal Mine Shed over the weekend, follows the story of a man, who falls overboard a ferry in the deep waters off Sumatra as his wife sleeps.

On holiday on the Mentawai Islands, located off the coast of Indonesia, Mr Lawson connected with Indigenous culture and wanted to explore what he learnt.

He also began to talk to several people about survival, including Loch Sport man Leo Roberts and his survival after falling off an Indonesian ferry on his honeymoon and swam to survival.

Using lyrical text, projections and movement, Mr Lawson explored the contours of surrender and survival, unconsciousness and awakening, the epic and the intimate.

“I had a personal tsunami and I decided to explore the idea that the epic is quite intimate, and that the intimate is quite epic,” Mr Lawson said.

The performance was held at Wonthaggi Theatrical Group Shed at the State Coal Mine over the weekend.

Mr Lawson teaches drama and dance at Wonthaggi Secondary College and wanted to show his students what can be done through creativity.

“I really wanted to do this in my community as well. I’m a teacher, I want to walk the talk, I want to say, well, I practice art as well.”

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