Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

GO­ING back in time to ex­plore loy­alty, hon­our and love in the 1940s, Lath­lain res­i­dent Melissa Merchant is set to star in a quin­tes­sen­tial Aus­tralian World War II play next month.

A ro­man­tic drama, No Names, No Pack Drill is set in Sydney in the sum­mer of 1942 and looks at the ef­fect of the Yan­kee pres­ence at that time.

The plot fol­lows Merchant’s char­ac­ter Kathy, a young mar­ried woman liv­ing in Kings Cross who wakes af­ter a party and finds a US marine on her couch.

While he is ab­sent with­out leave and look­ing for a way back to his home in the US, the events that fol­low change the tra­jec­tory of both their lives.

“Kathy is a really in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter,” Merchant said.

“She’s de­fi­ant of so­ci­ety’s expectations in some ways and yet she con­forms in oth­ers.

“She mar­ries be­cause she thinks it’s what she should do, yet is later drawn to the US marine and as a re­sult makes life-chang­ing choices not nec­es­sar­ily in her best in­ter­ests.”

Merchant has worked at many the­atres in Perth and won awards in­clud­ing Best Ac­tress for her role in In­signif­i­cance in 2006 at the Gar­rick The­atre Awards.

Kathy, played by Lath­lain res­i­dent Melissa Merchant, finds her life is turned up­side down when Henry “Rebel” Pot­ter (Cameron Leese) en­ters her life in

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