Louise holds audience captive in Kidnap Game
In recent years Louise Wallace has been more likely to appear on a television screen than on a stage.
But this week she returns to her first love – the theatre.
She stars in the Dolphin Theatre’s production of The Kidnap Game by Tudor Gates, running from tomorrow until October 11.
Directed by Sheila Summers, the play tells the story of an arms dealer in London whose daughter is kidnapped.
Ms Wallace plays police officer Joy Hart, while her daughter Ashley, 17, plays the kidnap victim.
“I’ve been toying with the idea of returning to acting and have seen how much joy my daughter gets from it,” she says.
“This is a great play, it has a few laughs and it’s an intense bit of drama.”
Ms Wallace started acting after graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dra- matic Art in London.
She was a newsreader and TV journalist before becoming host of The Weakest Link and appearing in Celebrity Treasure Island, So You Want to be a Pop Star and Street Legal.
Her daughter Ashley is also becoming a seasoned actress with roles in Street Legal and St Cuthbert’s College productions.
Other cast members include Scott Harding, who plays bank manager Lloyd on Outrageous Fortune. The cast have been rehearsing for two months to prepare for the three-week run.
Director Sheila Summers says she is looking forward to seeing the play come together.
“People enjoy being intrigued by a good story and the tension of a thriller and the show has all of that.”
The Kidnap Game runs from tomorrow to October 11 at the Dolphin Theatre, Spring St, Onehunga.
To book phone 6367322 or go to www. dolphintheatre.org.nz.
Acting up: Television personality Louise Wallace is returning to the stage for the Dolphin Theatre’s production of The Kidnap Game, opening tomorrow.