An all-new murder mystery is set to hold it’s world stage premiere at the Weld Theatre, in an short story adaption written by a Busselton local. Diane Kerne Hamilton was studying her masters in writing, with one final project requiring her to adapt a short story into a play. Ms Hamilton selected Susan Dunlap’s ‘Eight Lives’, the only student to select a pre-existing work. “I really liked the inner play between the two main characters, they have very strong personalities,” she said. “I’ve always loved murder mysteries, as soon as I knew about this project I knew I’d want to adapt a murder mystery.” Having tracked down the author to receive the rights, Ms Dunlap was excited by the concept. The short story follows one woman’s struggle with her desire to finally tell her story and yet keep her secrets safe. Protagonist Barbara Armitage is a young ambitious journalist, interviewing Iris, a woman in her seventies, over the murder of her husband some 25 years ago. The story pans out across the interview, unravelling deceit, intrigue, murder, false friendships, promiscuity, lies and love. Eager to follow the project, the play will be recorded and sent to Ms Dunlap to view with the possibility for the play to be made available internationally if it is to her liking. Ms Hamilton said that she now understands the the difficulty in wanting to do justice to original material. “The play is actually quite different because I had to find a way to bring that to life so I had to populate it with characters that are mentioned but I really had to give them life and substance,” she said. “I think for me the biggest hurdle was ensuring the author liked what I was doing with her story . . . she was quite blown away and very pleased with it so I felt really blessed that she took the time to read what I’d done.” The small but mighty cast is led by long-time Busselton Repertory Club director Sara King, with Kirsten Roberts and Janet Dickinson in the leading roles. With only four short performances next month, tickets are available at www.trybooking.com/BYBPO.