Season three of Popcorn is well under way! No doubt you’ve noticed something different – Bec isn’t hosting every week anymore! The ladies are now all sharing hosting duties so you’ll see a lot more of Liv, especially when Chloe heads to Malaysia for the premiere of her film Lurking Woods. Lauren Thomas is back as a trusty reporter for a few episodes this season as well!

We’re only a few episodes in, and it’s already been a few big episodes. Bec spoke to Myles Pollard about his role in Extinction, playing at the State Theatre Centre. Written by Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento), Extinction is a perfectly human story about conservation, the Australian landscape and of course, the tangled relationships we weave into our lives. Bec had the following to say about the play.

image courtesy BSSTC

image courtesy BSSTC

“With just four characters, Hannie Rayson has beautifully captured a truly rich story that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Each character, while having their own agenda on issues of conservation and the environment, perfectly represents the possible sides in a debate that is on the lips of every Australian. What is worth saving? The story juxtaposes the plight of the Tiger Quoll with that of a very human relationship and the intricate reasons and thoughts that keep a couple together, or tear them apart.

Dr Andy Dixon is a vet who is going through a very real medical crisis of his own. Trying to keep his relationships together with his sister and girlfriend, his views on the conservation of the land he lives on becomes a black and white issue. This is at odds with Harry, the mining CEO who seeks to save the Tiger Quoll as well as get his way and mine for coal nearby. Andy’s girlfriend, Piper, is passionate about the Quolls and so teams up with Harry and Heather (Andy’s sister) in an effort to save them, despite the prospect looking bleak.

The set was extremely versatile and clever – moving from a veterinary office to an inner city apartment with a few small movements and prop changes. One stand out was after the interval, the stage was consumed by trees, grass and a campfire with sounds of the outback as it was transformed into a forest, briefly. Each of the actors brought a tense realism to their characters and their performances really brought suspense and desperation as each of the players tried to achieve what was important to them. Well done to the cast, crew and Black Swan State Theatre Company.”