Sweeney Todd: meaty role challenges Fremantle actor

Fremantle actor Elethea Sartorelli will play pie show owner Mrs Lovett in the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d445037
Fremantle actor Elethea Sartorelli will play pie show owner Mrs Lovett in the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445037

THE Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an appropriate name for a man who enjoys killing his unsuspecting customers.

Just in time for Halloween, a spooky, well-known legend will take the stage in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from Fresh Bred Productions.

A story that many would know since it debuted in the 1840s, Sweeney Todd is a barber who kills his unsuspecting victims then dispatches them from his chair via a revolving trapdoor into his basement.

Mrs Lovett, his partner in crime, then helps him to get rid of the bodies by turning them into meat pies for the locals to munch on.

Tackling the role of Sweeney Todd’s lover and accomplice is Elethea Sartorelli, a character the Fremantle actor says she is eager to sink her teeth into.

“Mrs Lovett is the owner of a failing meat pie shop on Fleet Street and she is, at the very centre of it all, a woman in love,” she said.

“She is both sweet and vulgar, and doesn’t see the contradiction between her maternal and homicidal instincts, so capturing her complexities in a real way is proving to be the biggest challenge.

“I was really in two minds about auditioning for this but in the end I decided to go for it and I am so glad I did.”

Having performed in a number of community theatre productions and winning a 2014 Robert Finley Award for her role in Koorliny’s production of Xanadu, Sartorelli said Mrs Lovett was easily her favourite part to date.

“This show is such a great piece of theatre and the role has challenged and pushed me.”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Where: Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park

When: October 30 and 31, November 6 and 7

Tickets: Start at $35 from Ticketek.