Louise holds au­di­ence cap­tive in Kid­nap Game

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Act­ing up: Tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Louise Wal­lace is re­turn­ing to the stage for the Dol­phin The­atre’s pro­duc­tion of The Kid­nap Game, open­ing to­mor­row.

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