Break-ups part of role


Darlington resident Natalie Cox (centre). Picture: Luke Daly/Molly Earnshaw
Darlington resident Natalie Cox (centre). Picture: Luke Daly/Molly Earnshaw

Based on the Nick Hornby book and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins at Roleystone Theatre, the show explores love, life and the importance music plays as the soundtrack to both.

The story follows Rob Gordon, a Brooklyn record shop owner in his 30s who is obsessed with making top five lists for everything and always observing, rather than participating in, life.

When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves – with some help from his music – and slowly learns he has to let go of his self-centred world view before he can find real happiness.

High Fidelity was also adapted into a 2000 film featuring John Cusack and Jack Black. The musical features music written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt, responsible for Next to Normal.

Natalie plays Sarah Kendrew, one of Rob’s ex-girlfriends.

“She’s stubborn and ever-so-slightly grunge,” she said.

“Sarah is the token gay in the show but she still has a flair of sexy that made Rob come after her on the rebound from another ex.

“Sarah isn’t as girly as the other ex-girlfriends so the challenge is staying true to her personality as slightly masculine while still fitting in with the alluring dancing and choreography.”

After graduating in 2013, Cox starred in a number of dramas while studying at university.

She has appeared with Garrick, Phoenix, Playlovers and Roleystone Theatres in Afterlife: The Essential Handbook, Fright Night at Adventure World, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

High Fidelity plays at 8pm March 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19, with a 4pm matinee on March 13.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession on 9397 5730 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.