Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

ACT­ING is a habit Como res­i­dent Jesse McGinn just can­not seem to break.

The 23-year-old caught the act­ing bug at an early age when she ap­peared in the ABC TV se­ries Ocean Star in her for­mer home town of Broome, and has since per­formed across the coun­try and in the US.

Now McGinn is back in her lo­cal area, per­form­ing in Hail Mary, writ­ten by Perth play­wright Noel O’Neill, about a group of nuns try­ing to save their con­vent from de­mo­li­tion.

McGinn says her char­ac­ter, Sis­ter Rosa who has a vivid imag­i­na­tion, con­vinces the other nuns in the con­vent she has seen the Vir­gin Mary walk­ing on the roof and pro­claims the place a holy site.

“Although she likes to be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion, she means well and is re­ally quite harm­less and has a gen­uine faith in God, but she is a bit of a hypochon­driac,” Jesse said.

Play­wright O’Neill said the play chal­lenged tra­di­tional re­li­gious stereo­types while hav­ing a bit of fun at the same time.

“I wanted to write some­thing comedic about nuns,” he said.

“I do have great re­spect for those who de­vote their lives to one re­li­gious or­der or an­other but my comedic side al­lowed me to in­dulge in a lit­tle fun, hope­fully with­out be­ing too of­fen­sive.”

Per­for­mances of Hail Mary are show­ing at the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth un­til April 24, start­ing at 8pm.

To book tick­ets, call 9367 8719 or visit the Old Mill Theatre web­site.

Como ac­tor Jesse McGinn is ap­pear­ing in

at the Old Mill Theatre.

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