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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 .