Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

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.

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