IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Samuel Valentine and Eamonn Clohesy (front) and Jess Guenthl, Didi Leslie and Gertrude Benjamin (back) will feature in The Untouchable Juli, the latest play from the Fractal Theatre Company to be performed at Studio 188.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Samuel Valentine and Eamonn Clohesy (front) and Jess Guenthl, Didi Leslie and Gertrude Benjamin (back) will feature in The Untouchable Juli, the latest play from the Fractal Theatre Company to be performed at Studio 188. Rob Williams

Young cast hits the stage for unique play

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.

"The play shows the struggles of a small town that has to react to someone different."

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.



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