New role on the cutting edge
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.
Elethea Sartorelli has taken on a meaty role.