New role on the cut­ting edge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Jes­sica Nico

THE de­mon bar­ber of Fleet Street is an ap­pro­pri­ate name for a man who en­joys killing his un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers.

Just in time for Hal­loween, a spooky, well-known leg­end will take to the stage in Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street from Fresh Bred Pro­duc­tions.

A story that many would know since it de­buted in the 1840s, Sweeney Todd is a bar­ber who kills his un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims by pulling a lever that dis­patches them from his chair through a re­volv­ing trap­door into his base­ment.

Mrs Lovett, his part­ner in crime, then helps him to get rid of the body by turn­ing them into meat pies for the lo­cals to munch on.

Elethea Sar­torelli is tack­ling the role of Sweeney Todd’s ac­com­plice and said Mrs Lovett was a char­ac­ter she was ea­ger to sink her teeth into, in a fig­u­ra­tive way.

“Mrs Lovett is the owner of a fail­ing meat pie shop on Fleet Street and she is, at the very cen­tre of it all, a woman in love,” she said.

“She is both sweet and vul­gar and doesn’t see the con­tra­dic­tion be­tween her ma­ter­nal and homi­ci­dal in­stincts, so cap­tur­ing her com­plex­i­ties in a real way is prov­ing to be the big­gest chal­lenge.

“I was re­ally in two minds about au­di­tion­ing for this but in the end I de­cided to go for it and I am so glad I did.”

Sar­torelli has per­formed in a num­ber of com­mu­nity theatre pro­duc­tions and won a 2014 Robert Fin­ley Award for her role in Koor­liny’s pro­duc­tion of Xanadu.

She said Mrs Lovett was eas­ily her favourite part to date.

“This show is such a great piece of theatre,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445037

Elethea Sar­torelli has taken on a meaty role.

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