Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Focus -

IT’S a play that caused public up­roar and had the play­wright la­belled un-Aus­tralian when it was re­leased, but Como ac­tor Car­men Miles is pre­pared to take on the chal­lenge as she stars in the con­tro­ver­sial The One Day of the Year.

The play fol­lows the Cook fam­ily dur­ing the week of An­zac Day and raises ques­tions about class, free ex­pres­sion and at­ti­tudes to­wards peo­ple and war.

While fam­ily pa­tri­arch Alf views the day as a time to hon­our our Dig­gers, his son Hughie claims it’s just an ex­cuse for them to get drunk.

Af­ter years of scru­tiny be­gin­ning in the 1960s, with Fre­man­tle-born play­wright Alan Seymour re­ceiv­ing death threats and be­ing la­belled a com­mu­nist sym­pa­thiser, The One Day of the Year is now con­sid­ered an Aus­tralian clas­sic and will play at the Old Mill Theatre next month

Miles takes on the role of Hughie’s girl­friend Jan, an up­per-class girl who clashes with the work­ing-class char­ac­ters.

“Jan is mostly kind, but also a bit im­ma­ture and thought­less, which I think is due to be­ing overly in­dulged in her up­bring­ing,” she said.

“She’s a bit un­like­able, so to sell that to an au­di­ence and try to win some sym­pa­thy for her will be a bit of a chal­lenge.”

Per­form­ing from when she was 16, Miles has ap­peared in mu­si­cals with Ro­ley­stone Theatre and nu­mer­ous plays at the Old Mill, Melville, Phoenix, KADS and Har­bour the­atres.

She has been nom­i­nated for best sup­port­ing ac­tress in the Fin­ley Awards and won the Peter Ke­meny En­cour­age­ment Award at Dra­mafest, and Miles’s act­ing ca­reer also boasts a stint as a char­ac­ter per­former at Florida’s Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort.

Miles’ in­ter­est in The One Day of the Year was sparked in high school, and she said it was now the per­fect role to re­sume af­ter tak­ing a break from act­ing to com­plete her med­i­cal de­gree.

Hughie (Matt Ran­dall) and girl­friend Jan (Car­men Miles) in

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