Cu­rios­ity piqued

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - His Majesty's Theatre Au­gust 8 to 19 www.ptt.wa. Tanya Macnaughton

IR­ISH ac­tor Julie Hale thought it was just an av­er­age day on the set of film My Left Foot when she fed Daniel Day-lewis his lunch.

“I was 17 and right at the start of my ca­reer,” Hale said.

“I had lunch with Daniel one day and he stayed phys­i­cally, com­pletely in char­ac­ter.

“I didn’t think any­thing of it. It was just a nor­mal day and that’s what you do. We didn’t know what we were in­volved in un­til two years later when the Os­car nomi- na­tions came out.”

Dublin-born and raised Hale went on to work in other films, theatre and an Ir­ish soap opera be­fore she mar­ried a Glaswe­gian and re­lo­cated to Glas­gow; she is still shocked she “moved some­where with worse weather than Ire­land”.

Af­ter three chil­dren (now 11, nine and seven), Hale de­cided it was time to get back to work last year, when her agent phoned with an au­di­tion for Lon­don’s Na­tional Theatre in­ter­na­tional tour of pro­duc­tion The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-time.

Based on Mark Had­don’ best­selling book, it fol­lows the story of 15-year-old out­sider Christo­pher John Fran­cis Boone, try­ing to solve the mys­tery of who killed Mrs Shears’ dog Welling­ton.

“I got re­ally ex­cited, took the WHEN: TICK­ETS: four-and-a-half hour train from Glas­gow to Lon­don and felt sick,” she said. “I was so ner­vous be­cause the Na­tional Theatre, for me any­way, would be one of the top the­atres you would ever want to work with.”

Af­ter se­cur­ing the role of Siob­han, she not only had to break the news to her hus­band and chil­dren, but also her book club.

“Although we call it a book club, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to read the book, but you do need to like wine,” she said.

“We had al­ready or­gan­ised a trip to see the pro­duc­tion in Glas­gow in Au­gust last year, so I had my ticket. When I got the part, the direc­tor said he pre­ferred I didn’t see it un­til I’d re­hearsed my­self into the role.”

Since join­ing the cast she has trav­elled ev­ery­where from Am­s­ter­dam to Shang­hai and Mel­bourne for a sell-out de­but Aus­tralian sea­son at the start of this year. The pro­duc­tion has re­turned to Aus­tralia for a na­tional tour, in­clud­ing His Majesty’s Theatre from Au­gust 8 to 19.

“It’s not like go­ing to a play but more a the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, with a story and a heart and sus­pense,” Hale said.

Julie Hale and Joshua Jenk­ins.

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