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.
“You don’t get many opportunities as an actor to flex your muscles to this extent.”
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 of theatre.
“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.”
I Am My Own Wife is at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, October 12 to 29.
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au.