"But ultimately it's the tale of loss of innocence, when the injustices of an adult world come crashing into childhood. The children follow the case closely and find much to admire in their father but are very disappointed in the attitude of the town."
The main challenge, according to Jane, is portraying the issues in the story. "The language is so wrong to us today but we want to stay true to the period," she said.
"From a technical point-of-view, we have a large cast to fit onto a small crowded stage. And there are many little challenges with set-building and conveying the period with authenticity."
"I felt the time was right to tell the To Kill a Mockingbird story again," Jane said. "Unfortunately, there are still many parallels to issues in today's society. The play is based closely on the book – playwright Christopher Sergel even met with author Harper Lee to discuss the adaptation.
"I don't think there will be any big surprises because there's no point trying to put a twist on something people know so well. But I am looking for truth in performance and hope the audience connect to all the characters they see before them, rather than imagining what they have seen before."
"Being a man of integrity, Atticus will do his utmost for the defendant. He has a lot on his plate when we meet him during this period of his life but he is a man of conviction, stoic and reliable."
"The story and characters are well-known, much admired and the story has a lot of relevance for today, despite the prejudices we observe in the play. We have moved on in some ways – and, in others, we still need to."
"This is my third production and each part has become bigger for me each time. To Kill A Mockingbird is quite the pinnacle in my opinion."
To Kill A Mockingbird plays at 8pm May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 with 2pm matinees May 2 and 9. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BNULQ. Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.