"I have read a couple of his scripts including Glorious! and Curtain Up and I like the fact Quilter's characters are real and have depth," Carryn said. "He exposes their vulnerabilities as well as their humour."
"Stirling Theatre has a reasonable stage area but the wings are about a metre wide so we're really at our limit on the stage area. Three of the main actors also appear in two scenes from The Cherry Orchard – switching from modern to Russian characters while needing to present them as different roles is going to be interesting. I have a very talented and experienced cast and am enjoying working with them during our rehearsals."
"It's a huge role with lots of dialogue – I had backed away from acting a few years ago and concentrated on directing, in fear of forgetting lines. But I've come back to acting slowly over the past 18 months when I realised I could still learn them. Working with Ursula Johnson last year, who is in her '90s and still learning parts, has inspired me."
"The role of Lydia in The Actress was a great opportunity and a character I could relate to, given she's ageing and past her prime," she laughed. "I was also keen to work with director Carryn Maclean – we have a great cast with people I have worked with before or have long wanted to."
The Actress plays at 8pm February 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 with 2pm matinees February 9 and 16. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at www.trybooking.com/BFNMJ. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.