Bookends

Laura Kee will act in a new production of Emily Of Emerald Hill.
Laura Kee will act in a new production of Emily Of Emerald Hill.PHOTO: SHARMILA MELISSA YOGALINGAM

Who: Actress Laura Kee, 32, plays Emily Gan in Desert Wine's rendition of Emily Of Emerald Hill by Stella Kon.

She has acted in television series such as Mata-Mata, Whispers Of The Dead, Zero Calling, Code Of Law and Incredible Tales, and has also appeared on the big screen in 3688 (2015), That Girl In A Pinafore (2013) and Ghost On Air (2012).

Directed by Sharmila Melissa Yogalingam, Emily Of Emerald Hill will be staged at Goodman Arts Centre on July 29 and 31. Tickets at $10 are available from Sistic.

What are you reading now or have just finished reading?

I have two books on hand. One is How To Stop Acting by Harold Guskin, which provides insights and techniques to actors on how to react to text and scenes naturally. It's taking me a long time to get through this book because every chapter is filled with so much to digest and to apply in my work.

The other book is The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms by Chris Colfer. This is the fourth book in the series and I love how all the fairy tales that we know - Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and more - have all been integrated into this magical land.

Laura Kee will act in a new production of Emily Of Emerald Hill.
How To Stop Acting by Harold Guskin

What books would you save from a burning house?

I would save all seven Harry Potter books. The series has left an indelible mark on my growing-up years and few books have impacted me the way this series has.

I even worked as a "witch" at the Harry Potter Exhibition when it was here at the ArtScience Museum.

The story and characters resonate with me; the themes such as love, sacrifice and acceptance are universally relevant and I believe these children's books have much to teach the world today.

Laura Kee will act in a new production of Emily Of Emerald Hill.
The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

• How To Stop Acting by Harold Guskin (2003, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27.16), The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms by Chris Colfer (2015, Hachette, $18.08) and the Harry Potter Boxed Set: The Complete Collection (2013, Bloomsbury, $133.75) are available at Books Kinokuniya.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 17, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe