TEAM MONTAGUE

OWEN – ELEANOR – JACK – EMILY

Owen

Owen

Favourite nickname/s

Dittle or O.

My special talent/party trick is…

I’m pretty awesome at handstands.

The character in Shakespeare I am most like is…

Puck.

The other Players don’t know this but I…

LOVE Antiques Roadshow.

 

My favourite moment on stage ever was when…

It was the climax of the play. 5 characters (school kids) on stage. One character has a gun drawn. He fires a shot into the air; the blast is deafening, the audience jumps. Its very tense. He shoots one classmate (a lady in the audience starts sobbing) while one classmate makes a run for it and escapes. The gun is turned on the character I am playing and…. Click… Silence… The gun doesn’t go off. Click… again nothing. The other actor and I are stare at each other in panicked silence wondering what to do for a few seconds. Then I slowly sink to the floor looking like a dumb wicked witch from Oz melting in the rain. Brilliant. Terrifying. Hilarious.

Best advice to a student who wants to become an actor?

Start now, audition for a play, learn a musical instrument, write a poem, go to a play or a concert or an exhibition. Become artistically engaged and educated. An actor is an artist. Our profession is not as glamorous as most might think, it is fraught with risk and hardship but also can be immensely rewarding.

How are you going to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th deathiversary?

Read a sonnet. At the top of my voice. In my underwear. With a glass of whiskey.

 

Eleanor

Eleanor

Favourite nickname/s?

Ele, L, Ellie

The other Players don’t know this but I…

I have an intense ability to snack. I can down a box of BBQ Shapes in under 10 minutes. Don’t even notice I have done it until there are just crumbs left in the box!

My favourite line that I perform is…

“Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and I warrant, a virtuous – Where is your mother?” – This is said by the Nurse to Juliet. I love the Nurse’s energy and how she drags out telling Juliet the happy news of the time and place of her wedding, so much so she gets distracted and changes thought midway with hilarious results

Why do you think we are still performing and studying Shakespeare’s plays, hundreds of years later?

His plays are about humanity, about our flaws and our power. I think the magic of the words and rhythm of the plays still strike a cord in us because we are still humans, with the same drives, needs and desires. The circumstances are not the draw card, the people that he created are.

How are you going to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th deathiversary?

By thinking about what season I could best compare him to.

 

Jack

Jack

Favourite nickname/s?

Cookie.

My special talent/party trick is…

Juggling.

The character in Shakespeare I am most like is…

Hamlet (big call).

What’s your best advice to a student who wants to become an actor?

It isn’t some distant fantasy reserved only for a few people- if you want to do it, read plays and books, watch good movies abs also make short films with your friends! A lot of truly great film and theatre projects have come from friends mucking around and experimenting.

What’s your best advice to students studying Shakespeare?

1. Take your time. I always catch myself running over the words when I read them and get lost in the language- but when I slow down and consider what these people, (people, not just characters) are actually saying to each other, it slowly but surely becomes beautifully clear to me.

2. Get out of your chair and speak the words aloud. Only so much can be gained from sitting and reading Shakespeare in your head. His plays were written to be performed, and they are better understood when performed as well.

How are you going to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th deathiversary?

Depends where I am in Australia! No doubt with just a quiet moment of contemplative appreciation for Ol’ Bill.

Emily

EmilyFavourite nickname/s?

Em.

My special talent/party trick is…

Cracking all my knuckles with one hand.

The other Players don’t know this but I…

Am super jealous that Owen can hold a handstand.

My favourite moment on stage ever was when…

I was playing this super ugly character (monobrow, lady moustache, etc) who was supposed to have a deadpan expression and the guy I was “dancing” with in the scene would make it his mission every night to make me laugh on stage. It took EVERYTHING in me not to crack.

….I cracked.

My favourite line that I perform is…

“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?” which Juliet says to Romeo in the balcony scene. I love it because I feel like Juliet’s being a little sassy! You go girl.

Best music for a road trip with The Players?

I plan on finding every song ever written with the word “player” in it. I expect a LOT of heavy rap.

How are you going to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th deathiversary?

By watching the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (which was based on Taming Of The Shrew) and day dreaming about Heath Ledger.

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