"The story proves that as long as you have someone to support you, you can survive anything," director Jo Sterkenburg said. "There are several underlying themes that many people will identify with and enjoy exploring."
"I have always been attracted to dark, gothic themes and have wanted to do something like this at Harbour Theatre for many years. I wanted a challenge, instead of the usual sort of play with a square set and lots of furniture. Let The Right One In is an opportunity for the audience to imagine the horror through atmosphere, sound and lighting effects and, of course, good acting."
"We were two weeks into rehearsal and then everything went into lockdown," Jo said. "But my cast and crew have been amazing, still wanting to be involved months later, and are coming along to rehearsals with enthusiasm."
"Eli's childish yet witty nature ignites the stage but her thirst for blood dictates 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."
While acting was always a dream for Talia, she found there were few opportunities for her while growing up in Port Hedland – aside from the annual school production, which she always took part in. After moving to Perth last year, she took acting classes at K2 Dance which re-ignited her spark for performing.
"The way she was able to manipulate movement to portray all sorts of emotions was unforgettable. It was actually one of the first plays I really enjoyed and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. When I saw Harbour Theatre was casting for Let the Right One In I was ecstatic, although I knew I would have some very big shoes to fill!"