"I'd heard the Old Mill Theatre was looking for a new director for its season of No Names, No Pack Drill and, having previously directed the play 13 years ago at Roleystone Theatre, I put my hand up," Kristen said. "I have always loved the story and the characters in this play – for me, it is about the characters, context and story more than anything else."
"The main challenge with No Names, No Pack Drill is the dated language," Kristen said. "It can come across as being quite dry at times and this creates a bit of a static feel to the piece. To overcome this, we have focused on the characterisations."
"Kathy is very similar and, at the same time, very different to me – she is quite level-headed, like me, but then she makes choices I never would. No Names, No Pack Drill appealed because I really wanted to be involved in an Australian classic.
"I have performed in many different types of plays but never had the chance to do something so uniquely Australian. The era also appealed to me – 1940s Sydney during World War II was a time when women were beginning to become more autonomous and I thought that would be fun to explore."