A dark side to top stage show
A TALENTED group of young local actors is testing its skills in an emotional adaptation of James Aldridge's award-winning book The Untouchable Juli.
Goodna actress Didi Leslie, 20, plays a number of roles in the unique stage play and says her high school drama teacher inspired her to act professionally.
"The play is very different to a lot of others I've done," she said.
"It's a little bit dark but there's quite a lot of humour throughout as well.
"It's set in the 1930s so it provides an interesting look into a different time."
Director Brenna Lee-Cooney said the play was Australia's answer to To Kill a Mockingbird.
"It tells the story of a boy who is picked on in a town where no one knows his mother's nationality," she said.
"He is a mathematical and musical genius who, through an awful accident, kills his mother.
"In the final scene, audiences find out if he is sent to jail or not.
"It sends a great message, especially to young people who mightn't feel like they fit in."
The performance will run nightly at Studio 188 from July 17-25 from 7.30pm.
Tickets cost $30 for adults, $20 for concession and $15 for school-age children.
Phone 3281 8763 to make a booking.