TALE OF LOVE AND LOYALTY IN WARTIME
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