Thriving in a ratty role
ROWENA Wallace has experienced more highs and lows than most — from being a Gold Logie winner in the ’ 80s for her role as Pat the Rat on Sons and Daughters to her criminal conviction for social security fraud and a number of brushes with homelessness.
So it’s great to hear an upbeat Wallace on the phone from her new home in Wonthaggi, enthusing about her role in Eleven’s comedy Micro Nation alongside Roz Hammond and Lliam Amor.
‘‘ My jaw was dropping in laughter because they were all so funny and so quick,’’ the veteran actor, now 65, says. ‘‘ I ended up in absolute adoration of them all.’’
Micro Nation is an unusual project. It’s a surrealistic comedy that plays out in fiveminute blocks before Neighbours each night.
Wallace plays ‘‘ ancient fox’’ Tottie Nesbit, granddaughter of the island nation’s founder. She’s opinionated and completely bonkers.
‘‘ She’s antagonistic to everyone without exception and then she’ll suddenly break into song for no reason whatsoever,’’ Wallace says.
Coming from a drama background, Wallace admits the on-set improvisation was difficult — ‘‘ I stood out like a sore thumb’’ — but loved the character.
‘‘ I enjoy playing antagonistic roles. They’re energetic. And more fun,’’ she says. Micro Nation, Eleven, 6.25pm, week nights