The 39 Steps: Limelight Theatre’s latest production

Gino Cataldo playing Richard Hannay and Emma Shaw as Pamela.
Gino Cataldo playing Richard Hannay and Emma Shaw as Pamela.

FORMER Koorliny Arts Centre performer Emma Shaw will star in a play mixing a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and adding a dash of Monty Python.

Limelight Theatre’s latest production The 39 Steps is adapted from the John Buchan novel by Patrick Barlow, and is best known from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock adaptation.

However, Barlow has turned the spy thriller into a comedy with four actors playing a wide variety of roles.

In The 39 Steps, Richard Hannay seeks a frivolous night out at the theatre and is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman claiming to be a spy.

When she winds up dead in his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail and experiences a series of misadventures and old-fashioned romance.

Shaw plays three roles – Annabella, Margaret and Pamela.

“It’s interesting to be able to play such different characters all in the one show,” she said.

“Annabella is a glamorous international spy, although she prefers the word agent. Margaret is a shy Scottish farmer’s wife and Pamela is a get-up-and-go Englishwoman.

“Having to switch between three different accents and the fast pace of the physical comedy keeps everything rather exciting.”

Performing since 2004, Shaw has appeared with Koorliny Arts Centre, Playlovers and Stirling and KNUTS Theatres, as well as other independent companies around Perth including a show at Fringe World last year.

The 39 Steps is an incredibly funny take on the classic Hitchcock film and has delighted audiences around the world,” she said.

“I really hope the audience will have as fantastic a time as we are having on stage.”