Mall of the dead

South Perth resident Anthony Smith (left) plays Cody, a guitar-playing playing zombie in Maul of the Dead trying to get to his girlfriend Donna played by Molly Kerr.
South Perth resident Anthony Smith (left) plays Cody, a guitar-playing playing zombie in Maul of the Dead trying to get to his girlfriend Donna played by Molly Kerr.

Written by Mitch Brian, and directed by Jayde Clark, and Shaun Griffin, the show is set in the late 1970s and embraces a treasure trove of horror film cliches as ravenous hordes descend upon an abandoned shopping mall.

Smith plays Cody, a guitar-playing zombie trying to get to his girlfriend.

‘I liked the idea of the character,’ he said.

Maul of the Dead is a different take on zombies and has more heart at its core.

‘My main challenge is conveying tone and emotion through my guitar while also coming across as a zombie.’

Clarke said she was hooked on the play as soon as she heard zombies were involved.

‘But I was also inspired by the characters and relationships within the story and the adversity between them,’ she said.

‘It’s about surviving a shopping mall full of zombies with people you don’t know and creating new friendships while coming up with creative ways to eliminate the zombies.’