"The biggest challenge comes from Grace acting as the narrator allowing her to tell her story is crucial but it's not a one-person show. Making sure all the characters develop their influence on the overall direction of the play is important."
Originally performing as a teenager, Tim has returned to the stage in recent years, appearing in Jesus Christ Superstar and an end-of-year pantomime with the Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company and The Phantom of the Opera, Pride and Prejudice, Anything Goes, Speaking in Tongues and The Darling Buds of May with Limelight Theatre. He has also performed in You Can't Have One at Stirling Theatre and directed David Williamson's Let The Sunshine at Limelight Theatre in 2017.
"I was inspired to direct The Greening of Grace by what I saw as a strong character in the title role," Tim said. "I was also drawn to the play because it retains an Australian flavour."
Michael Balmer plays Grace's husband Derrick, an elderly, retired blue collar worker with strong political views that clash with his daughter's opinions and lifestyle.
"This, along with his poor health, tends to make him come across as a grumpy old man," he said. "But his love for his wife is what keeps him grounded. My main challenge is looking 20 years older and 20kg lighter."
Written and directed by Bob Charteris, Lady Willpower stems from the author's fascination of media reports about families fighting over wills. "I've always thought it would make an ideal subject for a comedy," he said.
The play features Lady Catherine Cadwalladr, a woman who has led an unusual life and intends to make her last days equally unusual by re-writing her will. "This causes ructions with her rather nasty and spiteful middle-aged children who think they are going to get an equal share of the estate," Bob said. "That's until they discover their mother has certain 'conditions'."
"I have been able to secure a first-class cast for Lady Willpower, several of them very experienced in all areas of theatre," he said. "This is of considerable help to me because they know what's required in terms of action, movement and dialogue, meaning the audience will be entertained throughout the play."
"She intends to make the most of her last weeks on earth, as her family discovers. At my age, I am always worried I will lose the ability to remember lines especially given this is a larger part than I have done for some time."
Acting on and off for most of her life, Mrs Johnson moved to Perth nine years ago and has performed with the Graduate Dramatic Society, Stirling and Limelight Theatres, ARENAarts, Playlovers and Irish Theatre Players. She has received several acting awards and nominations since 2012.
"Lady Willpower appealed because it is set in England and requires the actors to speak with well-spoken accents," Mrs Johnson said. "I have no problems with this, having grown up in the university town of Cambridge!
"Being of the same era as Lady Cadwalladr, I can relate to her views and opinions. It is a cleverly thought-out, entertaining play."
Grace and Willpower plays at 8pm February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 with 2pm matinees February 10 and 17. Tickets are $22, $20 concession book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/YUAE. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.