Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Lau­ren Tesolin

BEST known as Bianca Scott on Seven soapie Home and Away, Lisa Gormley is tak­ing on an en­tirely dif­fer­ent role al­to­gether.

The for­mer Sum­mer Bay teacher is tak­ing on the char­ac­ter of Olga, a Rus­sian artist, in the pro­duc­tion, Ladies in Laven­der.

“I stud­ied at NIDA for three years so stage is not un­fa­mil­iar to me,” Scott said.

“I do ad­mit I was in­cred­i­bly lucky to have scored the role of Bianca in Home and Away. The cast and crew were like my fam­ily, so I was very sad when I de­cided to leave.

“For me the choice was about ex­plor­ing other chal­lenges and that is some­thing this play gives me.”

Scott said im­mers­ing her­self into the Rus­sian cul­ture has helped her pre­pare for her role.

“I have been lis­ten­ing to a lot of Rus­sian di­alects and watched many WWI doc­u­men­taries and shows to get my­self into char­ac­ter,” Scott said.

“The thing I love about stage is the in­ti­macy of the per­for­mance.

“There is a dis­tinct feel­ing of when you are in front of a live au­di­ence, read­ing your lines, and tak­ing them on a jour­ney with you.”

If Scott had her pick of any theatre role it would have to be a Shake­speare play or a pe­riod drama.

“My ideal role would be to dress up in a fancy cos­tume and act out one of Shake­speare’s plays or take on a part in a cos­tume drama such as Down­town Abbey,” she said.

Ladies in Laven­der fol­lows two sis­ters liv­ing in a re­mote vil­lage on the Cor­nish coast.

Then, as if from a fairy tale, a mys­te­ri­ous young man washes up on the shore.

The two sis­ters, named Ursula and Janet, nurse him back to health, but there is drama that sur­rounds his ar­rival.

The hand­some stranger’s pres­ence man­ages to stir up long dor­mant emo­tions of love lost and love never found.

This for­mi­da­ble play is set in the long shadow of World War I, stem­ming from a ten­der tale, and is not one to be missed said Gormley.

Penny Cook and Sharon Flana­gan are the Ladies in Laven­der Janet and Ursula; be­low left: Sharon Flana­gan com­forts Ben­jamin Hoet­jes; cen­tre: Hoet­jes and Bianca Scott as Olga; be­low right: Hoet­jes as the washed up stranger .

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