Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

EAST Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Sa­man­tha Warne is set to go be­hind bars when she ap­pears in the WA premier of Bad Girls - The Mu­si­cal.

The mu­si­cal is based on the UK TV se­ries and fol­lows the lives of women in prison who are on a jour­ney in a va­ri­ety of trau­matic cir­cum­stances.

Warne plays pros­ti­tute Julie Saun­ders.

“She’s one half of sassy, so­lic­it­ing duo ‘The Julies’,” Warne said.

“Want­ing to pro­vide for her beloved son David is ul­ti­mately what drove Julie into a life of pros­ti­tu­tion.

“This is where she met her best friend and part­ner in crime Julie John­ston, who was also turn­ing tricks to pro­vide for her fam­ily.”

Warne said her char­ac­ter pre­sented quite crass, but her loy­alty was not some­thing that could be faulted.

“She has a big heart and is al­ways ready and will­ing to help her friends. It would be very easy to fall into a stereo­typ­i­cal por­trayal of the char­ac­ter so I want to make sure the au­di­ence sees Julie's heart, be­yond her in­ap­pro­pri­ate passes at the prison guards,” she said.

“Although Bad Girls presents some con­fronting themes such as drug abuse, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual abuse, these are off­set against clever dark hu­mour and some light­hearted mu­si­cal num­bers.”

Pic­ture: Michael McAl­lan

Sa­man­tha Warne.

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