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A PLACE TO CALL HOME Sun­day, 8.30pm, Seven

MARTA Dus­sel­dorp says that play­ing Sarah Adams in A Place To Call Home is her dream role. To most mothers out there, what will come as a sur­prise is she equates some of the scenes she had to act out for the show as painful emo­tion­ally as giv­ing birth.

‘‘I have given birth twice nat­u­rally, (she has two daugh­ters – Grace, six and three-year-old Mag­gie) and you go to the dark side of life and death and you feel like it’s a ra­zor’s edge. I think that is what I was try­ing to call on. But Sarah doesn’t let things get to her,’’ Dus­sel­dorp (pic­tured) says.

‘‘When I was faced with that amount of pain I re­mem­ber this an­i­mal scream that came out of me but Sarah can’t do that. She in­ter­nalises and steels other things in her life. In that mo­ment she knows what has to be done.’’

A Place To Call Home is Seven’s home-grown pe­riod drama of­fer­ing, lav­ishly shot with an at­ten­tion to de­tail. The cast is a roll-call of some of Aus­tralia’s most highly re­garded ac­tors in­clud­ing Noni Ha­zle­hurst in the role of Bligh fam­ily ma­tri­arch El­iz­a­beth and Brett Climo as her son Ge­orge.

Writ­ten by Rafters cre­ator Be­van Lee, it fol­lows the story of nurse Sarah Adams, who re­turns to Aus­tralia from the UK af­ter work­ing over­seas through the war.

‘‘I think some­times you meet a role at the right time in your life’’

With se­crets to hide, she is shunned by her mother when she ar­rives for a re­union in Syd­ney, and in­stead seeks out the help of the Bligh fam­ily to start afresh, whom she met while sail­ing back from Lon­don.

But as the show con­tin­ues it seems she is not the only one with a hid­den side.

Up and com­ing act­ing tal­ents Abby Earl, who stars as the way­ward Anna Bligh, and Aldo Mignone, who plays the part of her lover Gino Po­letti, are try­ing to keep their ro­mance se­cret across the so­cial di­vide.

Mean­while James Bligh, acted by an­other bright un­known, David Berry, is strug­gling with his role as a hus­band to wife Olivia, who is played by ris­ing ac­tor Ari­an­wen Parkes-Lock­wood. She is also in tor­ment over is­sues within her mar­riage.

For Dus­sel­dorp, the role of Adams came along at the per­fect mo­ment.

‘‘I think some­times you meet a role at the right time in your life. Hav­ing been do­ing this for 25 years now, I felt when I picked up the script and started read­ing Sarah that ev­ery­thing I am in­ter­ested in was piqued,’’ she said.

‘‘Her re­straint and si­lence – she is very in­tel­li­gent and pas­sion­ate and very good at what she does. There was this serendip­ity. We are of a sim­i­lar age and I thought there was a bit of a meet­ing place and bit of a cross­roads.’’

She says the fact it is a pe­riod drama, set in the 1950s, re­ally helped with get­ting in to char­ac­ter.

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