SAM STILL HORS­ING AROUND

Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton Com­edy with Sam Longley and Da­mon Lock­wood, opens the Perth Theatre Trust's In­de­pen­dent Theatre Fes­ti­val.

IT was a case of art inspiring art seven years ago when play­wright, direc­tor and ac­tor Da­mon Lock­wood wrote satir­i­cal com­edy Horse­Head.

He was look­ing af­ter his three-weekold son for the first time with­out his part­ner and de­cided they would bond by watch­ing The God­fa­ther to­gether.

“The horse head scene came on, I looked down at him and said ‘can you imag­ine the two guys that had to do that’?” Lock­wood said.

“A thun­der­bolt hit and a week later I had the first draft. It’s a black com­edy with an un­der­ly­ing ques­tion of what price and sac­ri­fices do you have to make to suc­ceed in life?”

Horse­Head, which is the story of two broth­ers given the grue­some task of en­sur­ing their fu­ture with the mob, de­buted at The Blue Room Theatre in 2008 and has since had sea­sons in Mel­bourne, Italy and New York.

“We said wouldn’t it be ridicu­lous if some­one from an Ital­ian theatre com­pany saw this and serendip­i­tously that hap­pened,” Lock­wood said.

“It was trans­lated into Ital­ian and has had seven sea­sons in Italy. We saw a ver­sion of it, stereo­types have to come from some­where and I’ve never seen more hand act­ing in my life, they were just throw­ing those things around. It was touch­ing and hum­bling and then the Ital­ian com­pany took it over to New York Fringe Fes­ti­val while we were there do­ing an­other show of mine, I (hon­estly) Love You, at the same time; it was a spe­cial cou­ple of weeks.”

Fel­low per­former and The Big HOO-HAA founder Sam Longley has been with Lock­wood for the jour­ney, in­clud­ing the lat­est sea­son which will see Horse­Head open Perth Theatre Trust’s In­de­pen­dent Theatre Fes­ti­val at Subiaco Arts Cen­tre on June 3.

The duo has worked pro­fes­sion­ally to­gether for 12 years af­ter both at­tended Mur­doch Uni­ver­sity.

“We only said hello to each other a cou­ple of times while at uni,” Lock­wood said.

“Then Sam was start­ing im­pro show The Big HOO-HAA and wanted me to get on­board and help him with that from its in­cep­tion. We’re still re­ally good mates af­ter work­ing to­gether for this long, so I think that’s some­thing pretty spe­cial.”

Lock­wood said they loved per­form­ing Horse­Head and tried not to muck around too much on stage.

“There are choreographed slaps and punches and ev­ery now and again we like to let each other know we’re in a live per­for­mance. Although you have to be care­ful be­cause if you do that early on, you have to be pre­pared for some­thing com­ing back at you later in the play.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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