Dark tastes

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - LIFESTYLE -

A DOME May­lands em­ployee has de­vel­oped a taste for hor­ror in her lat­est stage role.

Talia O’Brien is ap­pear­ing in Har­bour Theatre’s lat­est show Let The Right One.

It is based on the Swedish novel and film by John Aj­vide Lindqvist, adapted for stage by Jack Thorne and di­rected by Jo Sterken­burg.

It fo­cuses on bul­lied teenage boy Os­kar who finds a friend in Eli, played by O’Brien, af­ter she moves in next door.

Both are from dys­func­tional fam­i­lies and sup­port each other dur­ing a fright­en­ing time in Os­kar’s life as a spate of dis­turb­ing killings rock the neigh­bour­hood.

But Eli has a hid­den se­cret: she doesn’t go to school and never leaves her flat dur­ing the day.

“There’s so much back­story we’re not privy to in the play, mak­ing her some­what of an enigma at first glance,” O’Brien said.

“Eli’s child­ish yet witty na­ture ig­nites the stage but her thirst for blood makes her a fear­ful force to be reck­oned with.

“She’ll keep you on your toes be­cause you’ll never know ex­actly what she’s think­ing.

“The big­gest chal­lenge is Eli’s age and con­se­quen­tial tem­per­a­ment; she’s sup­pos­edly aged 12 but is ac­tu­ally 200 years old.

“Some­times I feel Eli switches be­tween two realms, from the world of a blood­thirsty preda­tor and sur­vivor to that of a mere child.”

O’Brien moved to Perth last year and took act­ing classes at K2 Dance.

Let The Right One In plays at 7.30pm Sep­tem­ber 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, Oc­to­ber 2 and 3 with 2pm mati­nees Sep­tem­ber 20, 27 and Oc­to­ber 4.

Tick­ets are $25.50, $23.50 con­ces­sion and $20.50 stu­dents, book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.

The play con­tains strong lan­guage and su­per­nat­u­ral themes and is not suit­able for chil­dren un­der 14.

Har­bour Theatre is at 16 Lochee Street, Mos­man Park.

Eli (Dome May­lands em­ployee Talia O’Brien, left) gets up close and per­sonal with Jocke (Mitchell Drain) in Let The Right One In.

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