Stirling Times - - Local Focus - Tanya MacNaughton

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.cen­tre­forsto­

Sarah McNeill wants to bring lit­er­a­ture to life.

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