Paula Morrissey can remember sitting in the dining room doing her homework while sneakily listening to radio serials playing through a furniture-like piece of equipment in the family lounge.
Today, the Retire Active SA Radio Players member is one of those presenters she would have listened to as a child, only this time the audience can see her delivering the lines and the behind-the-scenes mechanics live.
Their original radio plays and sketches of 1.5 - 10 minutes make up their hour-long stage performances. The cast get into character by using their voices and - as they're in front of you - some body language while reading the script. Meanwhile, a sound producer plays pre-recorded noises - for example a car pulling up a driveway or the 'pop' of a toaster - at the right moments to help tell the story.
Paula said timing, characterisation and using your voice were incredibly important to delivering a good performance.
"It's the essence of what acting is; it's taking a role and making the audience believe you," she said.
The group typically performs for community service clubs and retirement villages, but is open to other groups.
Retire Active SA is a volunteer run, non profit group catering to older South Australians who are retired or are considering it.
It aims to enhance people's physical, social and mental wellbeing, improving their quality of life in a friendly, supportive and inclusive community.
Among its activities are bushwalking, bus excursions, caravanning, choir, cycling, cards, four wheel driving, gardening, golf, orchestra and tennis.
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