"It's a lively and funny but also atypical play that looks at dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. "I'd describe it as a stylish and scandalous comedy, exploring themes of bisexuality, celebrity, success and self-obsession."
"There's a lot of rapid dialogue in the play and the cast is going to have to be really on the ball Ė particularly the leads, who are rarely off stage. It also offers some wonderful set and costuming opportunities, given the time period is the glamorous early 1930s."
"I always choose plays that are well-written which I think audiences will enjoy," Barry said. "I've always loved NoŽl Coward's plays, which are clever, complex and entertaining and have previously directed Blithe Spirit, which I enjoyed immensely.
"Design For Living is extremely funny and witty but it has a dark side and was very risquť for its time. Today's audiences will still find its content amusing, yet somewhat confronting, and will appreciate the opportunity to see it because the play is rarely staged."
"If Gilda had a personal motto, it would be 'it seemed like a good idea at the time'. Remembering the lines is the main task because it's is a monstrous amount of script.
"Showing Gilda's highs and lows and then pulling her right back to really highlight those moments will be a challenge. It can be risky to perform such extremes in mood because you need to be careful not to push it over the edge into pantomime.
"Design For Living appealed because it's set in Paris, London and New York in the 1930s Ė what's not to love? I also found it quite interesting that, for something written 85 years ago, the main theme is still considered slightly taboo.
"Even though we have come so far in accepting people as they are and who they love, this play will demonstrate we still have a long way to go. I'm sure it will make a few people squirm with the thought of such a convoluted relationship."
Nyree also has a family connection to NoŽl Coward. "I love his plays because I find them fun and light and I've been told he would stay in my great-grandmother's guest house in Margate when he was attending and performing at the local theatre," she said. "I'm not sure of the full details but it's a lovely bit of family history."
NoŽl Coward's Design For Living plays at 8pm April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5 and 6 with 2pm matinees April 23 and 30. Tickets are $25, $20 concession Ė book at oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets or on 9367 8719. The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).