LIES AND SUSPICION
INFIDELITY, lies, suspicion and real love are themes explored in the latest role for South Perth actor Maree Grayden.
Grayden is appearing in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing at the Stirling Theatre in Innaloo during June and July.
Directed by Barry Park, the play follows playwright Henry and his marriage to two actors.
Henry is married to Charlotte, played by Grayden, but he soon falls for Annie and leaves his first wife.
“Charlotte was probably once Henry’s muse but is now his sparring partner in a familiarity-breeds-contempt sense,” Grayden said.
“She enjoys the banter with Henry and is still able to enjoy his companionship and intellect, even when their marriage ends.
“Given Charlotte’s strong, opinionated nature, it was probably this strength of character and her sharp wit that Henry found initially attractive but it may also play a part in the destruction of their rela- tionship.”
With a 25-year background as a performer and drama teacher, Grayden has appeared on stage with the Old Mill, Melville, Groovy Boots and KADS theatres and Graduate Dramatic Society.
“The Real Thing appealed because I always enjoy the writing of Tom Stoppard,” Grayden said.
“The characters are particularly well written, and there are so many intelligent and insightful passages,” she said.
The Real Thing has been months in the planning for director Barry Park, who said having a good understanding of the play was essential, given its complicated and controversial nature.
Bethwyn Legg, Peter Clark and Maree Grayden star in a tale of infidelity, lies and suspicion.