FU­TURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR LEESE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent Cameron Leese is get­ting ready to shine bright in a com­edy called Un­der the Bright Sun.

The play, di­rected by Jay Shaw at Melville Theatre, looks at four peo­ple who meet at a bus stop and ques­tion their ex­is­tence – each has some form of am­ne­sia and they ques­tion their lives and love.

Leese plays Ernst, some­one he de­scribes as an odd yet com­pli­cated char­ac­ter.

“That’s what he ap­pears like at first glance but I’m of the view he makes more sense af­ter the play’s twist,” he said.

“I find the story and twist to be quite clever and I imag­ine the mo­ment the penny drops for the au­di­ence will be re­ward­ing.”

Act­ing since 2008, Leese has worked mainly in the UK as an ex­tra in fea­ture films and tele­vi­sion with small roles in short and in­de­pen­dent films.

Since re­turn­ing to Perth, he has per­formed with the Old Mill, Playlovers and Melville The­atres, Grad­u­ate Dra­matic So­ci­ety and Ir­ish Theatre Play­ers in Sub­scrip­tion To Love, The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, It’s All Greek To Me, Rel­a­tive Val­ues, The Big Casino and Boe­ing Boe­ing, which scored him a best lead ac­tor nom­i­na­tion at the an­nual Plover Awards.

Leese has also ap­peared in the short film First Date Worst Date, screened on ABC2.

“Un­der The Bright Sun is an op­por­tu­nity to per­form in a short, one-act play, which is some­thing I've not done pre­vi­ously,” he said.

“The roles I've per­formed in the ma­jor­ity of my past shows have had less over­all dia­logue and sus­tain­ing the en­ergy and pace with the de­liv­ery of lines will also pro­vide a chal­lenge.”

Un­der The Bright Sun is one of three short plays be­ing pre­sented on the same night, join­ing That’s What Friends Are For and An Un­writ­ten Page.

Un­der The Bright Sun, An Un­writ­ten Page, and That’s What Friends Are For (col­lec­tively billed as Sum­mer Shorts) play at 8pm, Fe­bru­ary 27 and 28, and March 5, 6 and 7 with a 2pm mati­nee on March 1. Tick­ets are $20, $15 con­ces­sion. Book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.

Melville Theatre is on the cor­ner of Stock Road and Can­ning High­way, Palmyra.

Un­derTheBrightSun fea­tures Cas­san­dra Gorman, left, Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Cameron Leese, Kirstie Fran­cis and Max Maxville.

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