"You've Got Hate Mail features an array of mind-boggling misunderstandings, crazy arguments, desperate plans and strange hooks-ups with plenty of satirical barbs thrown around," Simon said. "It all demonstrates the lack of communication that goes on in the modern technological world.
"With ARENAarts recently moving into its new home, we were looking for a start-up show to present while the stage area was being altered and equipped out. You've Got Hate Mail struck me as a play that could be staged in-the-round in the auditorium area, so it fitted in perfectly with our renovation plans.
"I also found the play to be rather funny and loved the themes of miscommunication in a time when it's never been easier to communicate with each other, instead relying too much on technology rather than interacting with people face-to-face."
"The audience is only two rows deep on each side, so they'll not only get a great view of the action but they'll be very much drawn into the situations the characters are experiencing. The characters only communicate with each other via mobile phone, texts or emails never face-to-face so it's been fun sorting out which communication is which and how best to get it across in the staging."
"She's a bit of a drama queen at heart and seems to thrive in the chaos that can be created with a few clicks of the keyboard. I'm focusing on making sure my voice projection is up to scratch for the show the other cast members have amazing deep, booming voices so I've got to work hard to compete with them."
Performing while at high school, Amy then took a detour through two science degrees and several house moves before moving back to the metropolitan area late last year. She has since taken part in several acting classes, which re-awakened her passion to perform.
"Although I didn't know much about ARENAarts or the play, director Simon James and the team were supportive and encouraging from my first audition," Amy said. "You've Got Hate Mail is a quirky, fast-paced show there are some great one-liners and it mirrors real life with everyone almost always connected to a wifi network.
"While this is mostly a good thing, sometimes things do go awry. In its own way, the show is a reminder that, sometimes, it's okay to switch off."
You've Got Hate Mail plays at 8pm October 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 with 2pm matinees October 14 and 21. Tickets are $20, $16 concession book at www.whatson.com.au/arena or call 9255 3336.
Please note: the show is for mature audiences and features adult themes, sexual allusions and some coarse language. The Roxy Lane Theatre is on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Roxy Lane, Maylands.