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.