High Wycombe’s award-winning Kylie Isaia stars in The Foreigner at the Old Mill Theatre

Catherine Simms (Kylie Isaia) gets to the point with her fiancé Reverend David Lee.
Catherine Simms (Kylie Isaia) gets to the point with her fiancé Reverend David Lee.

DISADVANTAGE is turned into a side-splitting comedy with dark undertones, starring award-winning High Wycombe actress Kylie Isaia.

The Foreigner, penned by US playwright Larry Shue, is directed by Rob Warner for Serial Productions at the Old Mill Theatre.

The story is set in rural Georgia and revolves around the character of Charlie, who is shy by nature and depressed about his wife’s illness.

His friend Froggy claims Charlie can’t talk because he’s a foreigner from an exotic country and doesn’t understand English.

The play has won two Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.

Isaia plays Catherine Simms, the sharp-tongued, pregnant fiance of Reverend David Lee.

Isaia was named best actress at the 2016 Hills Festival of Theatre and has received two best actress nominations at the annual Finley Awards, in addition to other acting awards.

“Playing a role for the second time provides an opportunity to explore dimensions of the character I may not have unearthed the first time,” she said.

“My main challenge is maintaining a believable southern accent.”

Isaia has performed with KADS, Marloo and Garrick Theatres in shows including Dangerous Liaisons, Nunsense I and II and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband.

Professionally, she has worked in music hall with more than 15 years as a cabaret artist and jazz vocalist for the duos Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Le Jazz Hot.

DETAILS

What: The Foreigner

When: Various dates August 3-18

Where: Old Mill Theatre, South Perth