Artist’s dark side

Presented by Dark Psychic Productions at Phoenix Theatre, the 1959 comedy horror film A Bucket of Blood has been adapted for the stage by Mitch Brian as The Temperamental Artist.

It follows Walter Paisley, a bus boy at a beatnik caf� who dreams of being an artist.

After accidentally killing his landlady�s cat, he covers it with clay and passes it off as sculpture and suddenly finds himself an overnight success.

Andersen plays Carla Jones who she describes as fun, artistic and influential.

�She likes to draw, read, listen to poetry and has lots of friends with similar interests surrounding her,� she said.

The Temperamental Artist appealed because it�s so different and it seemed a bit dark and unusual. I�m used to playing parts in comedies and comedic dramas so this makes a nice change.�

Director Shaun Griffin said the show had a Sweeney Todd � Little Shop of Horrors feel with a film noir effect.

�That may be something of a challenge for me, as well as the fact the script is set out for film rather than stage,� he said.

�The script is somewhat intricate but it�s a lot of fun and the cast have been working very hard.�

Raffle and program sales will go to the Autism Association of WA.