LIVING THE DREAM
ACTOR Sarah McNeill admits to always having been a drama queen and has a lot to thank for it.
After her graduation from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, a 19-year-old McNeill moved to Melbourne to work in film, television and theatre, where she met her husband Greg.
The couple have maintained their acting careers through work at Effie Crump Theatre, Perth Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company, as well as film and television.
A change in Perth’s theatre landscape led McNeill to start presenting public readings at book launches and other events.
“I began to realise how much people enjoyed listening to good stories,” McNeill said.
“I thought it would be great to offer adults an opportunity to sit down for a while with a glass of wine (or any drink really), relax and listen to good actors read great stories.”
She began Lit Live in March at Centre for Stories in Northbridge, where professional actors read literature live on stage on the first Wednesday of every month.
The next Lit Live will be on Wednesday, April 4, based around a theme of secret lives and featuring The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
“Lots of people know the film, but not many have read James Thurber’s original 1939 story,” she said.
“There will also be a monologue from Australian playwright Hannie Rayson and a new short story by a new Perth author.”
The ticket price includes wine, soft drinks and nibbles. Bookings at www.centreforstories.com.
Sarah McNeill wants to bring literature to life.