"If you love something that takes you out of the old-style drawing room dramas and comedies, then you will love Under The Blue Sky," Susan said. "There is a lot of humour in the play, as well as some genuinely confronting moments. We get to see the best of some of the characters and the worst of others.
"At one level, it's about their relationships suddenly changing but it also looks at how we continue living our lives in the face of all the horrors in the world. Although you can see our personal struggles as small and insignificant, we also have a drama of our own that makes our lives something timeless."
"I have been drawn to Under The Blue Sky for a few years but had too many other things going on – yet every time I read it, I was excited about the chance to get some really good performances happening," she said. "It features good roles for actors and that makes it fun to direct as well.
"The play has some sexual elements and language that can be confronting but Melville Theatre has developed a reputation for doing modern and exciting theatre and was happy to let me try this play in Perth. I can't wait to see the audience reactions. This is very much the sort of play that will cause arguments in the bar and long conversations in the car going home."
"It would be very easy to play Nick as a one-dimensional man so the challenge will be to show his many facets. Like most things in life, his personality is not black or white but rather a variety of shade of grey.
"Under The Blue Sky appealed because I had previously acted with director Susan Lynch and enjoyed the experience. After hearing she was directing this play and then reading the script, I found the complexity and interwoven narrative would make for a really enjoyable experience."
Under The Blue Sky plays at 8pm July 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 with a 2pm matinee July 17. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au Please note: this production contains strong language and adult themes.
Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.