Former Nannup resident stars in To Kill a Mockingbird

Pauline Gibb playing Mrs Dubose with characters Jem and Scout played by Sean Smith and Jennifer Wright. Photo is supplied.
Pauline Gibb playing Mrs Dubose with characters Jem and Scout played by Sean Smith and Jennifer Wright. Photo is supplied.

FORMER Nannup resident Pauline Gibb is helping to bring Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbirdto life on stage.

Adapted by Christopher Sergel and directed by Jane Sherwood at Stirling Theatre, the Pulitzer Prize-winner is set during the Great Depression in a sleepy Alabama town where Scout and her brother Jem live with their widowed father Atticus Finch.

When a young black man is accused of a terrible crime, Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community.

Ms Gibb plays someone who appears to be well-educated but is bitter and twisted due to being ill and addicted to morphine.

"She is quite bigoted towards the black population in her town but is also tolerant of those living close by," she said.

"I believe Mrs Dubose sees herself as the matriarch of her small community and really only wants the best for those living there - but she does have a cutting tongue.

"The main challenge is making the character believable and ensuring the audience understands why she is a cranky old lady."

Working in interactive theatre since 2016, Ms Gibb has appeared in Santa's Enchanted Wardrobe, Wizard's Fantastic Feast and Thrones with Edgyx and Ten Quid at Stirling Theatre.

"To Kill A Mockingbird appealed because I saw the film and read the book as a child," she said.

Director Jane Sherwood described it as a tale of innocence lost, when the injustices of an adult world come crashing into childhood.

"I felt the time was right to tell the To Kill a Mockingbird story again," she said.

"Unfortunately, there are still many parallels to issues in today's society.

"The play is based closely on the book - playwright Christopher Sergel even met with author Harper Lee to discuss the adaptation."

The 8pm show will be on May 1, 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 with 2pm matinees May 2 and 9 at the Stirling Theatre in Inaloo.

Tickets are $22, $20 concession - book at www.trybooking.com/BNULQ.