Emily joins Hugo and a stellar cast

Child interruptions: Emily Harriss, 9, from Oyster Bay (centre stage left) faces up to Hugo Weaving. Picture: supplied
Child interruptions: Emily Harriss, 9, from Oyster Bay (centre stage left) faces up to Hugo Weaving. Picture: supplied

Big Daddy is dying. Big Mama is in the dark. Brick is at the bottom of a bottle. But Maggie is alive, desperately alive, and dancing like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Sydney Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams' classic play Cat On a Hot Tin Roof will introduce you to the fabled family where lies are rife, tensions are boiling over and their future is at stake.

An incomparable cast gather Tennessee Williams' classic play which is a boozy, sultry furore of Southern fireworks.

Hugo Weaving is at his magnetic best as the commanding patriarch. The transcendent Pamela Rabe plays Big Mama and Harry Greenwood brings fresh brilliance to the stratified role of Brick and Zahra Newman gives an unmissable Maggie the Cat.

Emily Harriss

Emily Harriss

Sharing the stage with this stellar cast is shire girl Emily Harriss, 9, from Oyster Bay. She is one of several infuriatingly cute children whose interruptions add a level of tension to the revelation scenes.

Emily has studied with acting coach David Cuthbertson for several years and is a current member of the Young Actors Assembly Mirana where she attends screen acting classes weekly.

Her singing and musical theatre coach is Natalie Woodcock and she is managed by Naomi Jenkins of Youth Division Talent Management at Sutherland.

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, until June 8.