Let The Right One In is a horror novel that was written by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist and published in 2004. It was a bestseller both in the author's home country of Sweden and across the world. It was translated into multiple languages and was adapted into a Swedish language film, Let The Right One In, in 2008 and an English language film, Let Me In, in 2010.
Let The Right One In centres on a relationship between a lonely boy called Oskar and a centuries-old vampire called Eli, who resembles a young girl. The story takes place in a working-class suburb of Stockholm in the 1980s.
The book deals with a lot of dark themes. Oskar is twelve years old and lives with his mother. His parents are divorced and his father is an alcoholic who visits him occasionally. Oskar suffers from social isolation and bullying at school. His situation at school and his troubled home life cause him to develop a morbid interest in crime and forensics.
Oskar meets Eli when she moves in next door to him. Eli lives with a mysterious man and never leaves the house during the day. Oskar and Eli strike up a friendship with each other.
Eli eventually reveals to Oskar that she is a vampire who must live off blood to survive. She was turned as a child over 200 years ago. She has not aged a single day since. Oskar isn't afraid by this confession. He's fascinated and Oskar and Eli become even closer. Eli even helps Oskar fight off his schoolyard bullies.
Things become complicated when a series of murders rock the town. Is Eli responsible for all the murders? Can Oskar and Eli remain friends or is destiny determined to tear them apart?
Let The Right One In is a deeply moving story about friendship. It was adapted to the stage by Jack Thorne from the National Theatre of Scotland. The stage version premiered at the Dundee Rep Theatre in June 2013. It has opened in theatres in London, New York, Seoul and Norway.
The Australian production of Let The Right One In is presented by the Black Swan Theatre Company. It will premiere at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA from November 11th to the 3rd of December.
It is being directed by Clare Watson in her Black Swan directorial debut and stars Ian Michael, Steve Turner, Stuart Halusz, Clarence Ryan, Maitland Schnaars, Sophia Forrest, Alison van Reeken and Rory O'Keeffe.
The show is suitable for people aged 15 years and up and includes adult themes and horror. Tickets will cost between $34 and $87.50
As a special event prior to the start of the season, Clare Watson will be hosting a unique and FREE panel discussion about Let The Right One In called Tainted Love on November 6th at the State Theatre Centre of WA.
Fans of the vampire/horror genre will discuss John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, Let the Right One In, and film aficionados will talk about the Swedish film which is considered to be in the top 10 vampire films of modern time.
Special guests include:
• Simon Miraudo, editor Student Edge, award-winning writer and critic, contributor to The Guardian, ABC Radio and RTRFM
• David O'Connell, Arts and Film Editor at Xpress
• Janice Loreck, Researcher in Screen Arts at Curtin University and Coordinator at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF)
• Rachael Dease, Composer/ Sound Designer Let The Right One In.
There will be a 6pm arrival/meet and greet. At 6.15pm attendees will be able to view the set model for the stage show and then the panel discussion will start at 6.30pm. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential.
In addition, the Black Swan Theatre Company has collaborated with Luna Palace Cinemas to host a special screening of the Swedish film version of Let The Right One In at Luna Leederville on Monday the 30th of October at 7pm.