As of late (in the last three productions, to be more specific), I have been cast in multiple roles (see my previous posts, on previous production blogs, if you need proof for this outrageous statement). This time, in NOT the Vag.Mon., by my count I am five characters (or six – one does very little, although hopefully, with a fair amount of impact). Also, although I have never had myself down as much of a comedian (more the boring and serious kind of actor, me), all of these productions (and consequently, a good few of the roles) have been funny. What's all that about, then?
Anyway. Although I clearly am The Serious, Boring Kind of Actor, I've really enjoyed letting my hair down with the funny stuff we've had underway lately. In fact, the current script saw early rehearsals where actors had very serious trouble speaking their lines without corpsing*. This may, of course, be due to the fact that some of the script is based on real-life situations – i.e. actors getting together on the playwright's balcony, of a summer's eve, to talk
bollocks about art in a deep, meaningful, philosophical fashion, whilst imbibing bottle upon box a glass or two of red wine. It could even be claimed that some lines are stolen from reality. And we are enormously funny, we are, even on our evenings off.
You will be happy to know that we have got to grips with how enormously funny we are. However, as you, dear Reader and future bum-on-seat**, will be hearing our stuff for the first time (save the small taster tit-bit I am giving you in the title of this post), I strongly urge you to empty your bladder before taking your seat. Just, you know. As a precaution against wetting your good self.
And do see if you can guess which lines are ones actually uttered by innocent, unsuspecting actors, discussing art on an evening off. For extra brownie points, try guessing which actor said what.
* theatre terminology for inappropriate breaking-down with laughter, mid-performance, as committed by an actor
** theatre terminology for our esteemed spectators