Veronica’s Room: A spine-tingling thriller exploring the thin line between fantasy, reality and madness

Ira Levin’s best-selling horror novel, Rosemary’s baby is brought to life under the direction of Georgina Kling.  Veronica’s Room has a sense of looming danger, suspense and unexpected twists that constantly keeps the audience thinking.

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Tensions flare between Susan (Grace Morton, left) and Larry (Jacob Turner)

Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to an Irish couple’s mansion, after they claim Susan bears a striking resemblance to their deceased ward Veronica.  They persuade Susan to impersonate Veronica to solace the dead girl’s sister, now elderly and senile.  But once the door closes, Susan begins to feels she may have erred in her decision.

“Having seen the script brought to life on the stage many years ago, I’ve never forgotten the chills I got when the play finished,” Kling said.  “I bought the script last year and re-read it, only to enjoy it even more.  Even once the show’s over, you leave thinking ‘What just happened?’ and ‘Who was that?’  I love that sense of getting an audience thinking and talking about different theories, long after the play has ended.”

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John Mackey (Michael Dornan, right) shows off items from the past to young Susan (Grace Morton)

On stage since she was young, Kling took a break for 16 years to focus on school and university but then threw herself back into the theatre world, embracing acting, directing, choreography, costumes and other behind-the-scenes work.  After moving to Perth from London four years ago, she came across an audition at Melville Theatre for Under The Blue Sky, which she appeared in, and directed Cash on Delivery last year.

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Kate Elder and Michael Dornan

“The toughest challenge with Veronica’s Room is drawing the audience in and making them believe,” Kling said.  “The cast is fantastic and each time I watch them I get goose bumps, so I hope the audience gets the same feeling.”


WHERE: Melville Theatre is at 393A Canning Highway (corner of Stock Road), Palmyra.
WHEN: 8pm July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with a 2pm matinee on July 14.
TICKETS: $20, $15 concession

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