"Wolf Lullaby has the disturbing subject of children as murderers but asks not only why it occurs but how do we deal with it?" director Alida Chaney said. "As children, how close have we all been to doing something unbidden because we have not yet learnt how to control our anger and frustration? Is it luck or moral instinct that stops us?
"The play also raises questions about getting children to tell the truth and whether they relay events honestly or the way they think we want them to."
"It set my mind racing and left me wondering if a child could really be born evil?" she said. "That thought really struck a nerve but I refuse to believe newborn babies have that genetically stamped on their DNA. But what could cause them to do something so inherently awful?
"The 1993 Jamie Bulger case in England left me reeling at the time – how could those boys deliberately cajole that little boy away from his mother and then brutalise him, causing death?
"After speaking to Hilary, the author of Wolf Lullalby, she found that when she was researching the play, her colleagues and friends came out with stories of brutality committed by children and teenagers and it seems lucky it doesn't occur more often.
"I felt there was definitely a story to be told here and I wanted to be the one who brought it to the Old Mill Theatre."
First performing in the UK at age 11, Alida has numerous stage credits and has performed with a variety of theatres since arriving in Perth 17 years ago, also teaching musical theatre through her Alida Chaney Performance Company. Her productions of Blood Brothers, Lost in Yonkers and The Rink have received a variety of awards and nominations while she was also named best female supporting actor for her role in Sordid Lives at the annual Plover Awards.
Last year, Alida scored six awards for The Broken Slipper at Dramafest, the annual state drama festival, including best director and best production and later staged it as a successful double-bill with A Piece of Cake at Fringe World.