This month Griffith Pioneer Park Museum and GRAPA launch Vintage Voices, a radio play series based on real historical stories of Griffith.
Written by Griffith playwright, Lisa Semmler, the short plays will be released weekly on social media and broadcast live on community radio station, 2MIA.
This year has been a challenging year for many and community groups such as GRAPA have had to shift their plans and do things differently.
"After a fantastic run of A Midsummer Night's Dream for our 2019 Shakespeare Under the Stars production, I was really excited to start planning for 2020. Those plans went out of the window with COVID and so I started thinking about other things we could do," GRAPA president Oumi Karenga-Hewitt said.
GRAPA's annual production was cancelled due to COVID-19 and with limited opportunities the committee connected with Griffith Pioneer Park Museum to create, audition, rehearse and deliver a digital production.
"I had seen that theatre groups around the country were doing alternative performances in the form of podcasts and live-streams and so I started to think about how we could go virtual," Ms Karenga-Hewitt said.
"Landing on radio plays, we also happened to have emerging playwright Lisa Semmler on our committee, which was a huge bonus!"
Last year, Ms Semmler completed The Writing Place, a week-long writing residency with Carclew and Country Arts SA. Her monologue, She Wore Heels, So I Wore Heels was published alongside other authors in the book This Was Urgent Yesterday.
The Vintage Voices radio play series features six local directors and a cast of over 30 people, from school children to senior citizens.
While some of the cast are regulars on stage, some had never done anything like it before.
"As a costume designer, it was an exciting opportunity to have a taste of acting without the pressure of being on stage," Jessica Wainwright, who plays pioneer businesswoman Ada Cummings, said.
Partnering with producer Griffith Pioneer Park Museum, the plays were recorded in Griffith's council chambers and will give listeners a chance to embrace theatre in a new (old) way.
The first play Letters of a Spanish Flu Nurse will be broadcast on 2MIA at 10am on Monday October 5. It will also be available on the GRAPA and Griffith Pioneer Park Museum Facebook pages that evening.
The plays will be replayed live on 2MIA, 10am on Wednesday and Friday.