Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch - Tanya Mac­Naughton

BREN­DAN Han­son is a Perth per­former who does not like to rest on his lau­rels and looks for ways to chal­lenge him­self wher­ever he can.

So when the WAAPA lec­turer was ap­proached by Kate Cherry while she was pro­gram­ming her last sea­son as artis­tic di­rec­tor at Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany to star in I Am My Own Wife, he jumped at the chance for the solo “ex­treme act­ing” role.

“It doesn’t get much more than 36 char­ac­ters with 36 ac­cents and 80 pages of script,” Han­son said.

Han­son said the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award win­ning play by Doug Wright had been on his radar long be­fore the op­por­tu­nity arose and de­scribed it as a beau­ti­ful, in­sight­ful, funny and mov­ing piece.

“It’s a bi­o­graph­i­cal piece about Ger­many’s most fa­mous trans­ves­tite,” he said.

“The cen­tral char­ac­ter, Char­lotte von Mahls­dorf, sur­vived the Nazis and the rise and fall of the Iron Cur­tain; the play in­ves­ti­gates how she does that.

The tim­ing of the sea­son could not be more rel­e­vant.

“In this cur­rent po­lit­i­cal time with mar­riage equal­ity and the neo-Nazi ri­ots in Charlottesville, it’s just mad... this story in­ves­ti­gates all of that but in a clever and en­gag­ing way so that au­di­ences aren’t told what to think; they’re go­ing to have to make up their own mind.”

Bren­dan Han­son in I Am My Own Wife.

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