PLAY HAS LONGLEY ON THE HOP
IT is a rare occurrence for a journalist to conduct an interview knowing more about the impending theatre season than the performer, but that was the scenario when speaking to actor Sam Longley.
Longley is set to star in Perth Theatre Company’s opening night performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, where the actor is handed the script only as they go on stage.
“Part of my contract is that I’m not allowed to even Google it,” he said.
“All they’ve told me is that I don’t get the script until just before I go on stage and I don’t even know what ‘just before’ means.
“It might be five seconds before, five minutes before, 15 minutes before. Personally I think I’d rather it was five seconds before because if they gave me any more time than that, there would be too many options running through my head.”
The season at Studio Underground guarantees a different experi- ence every night, with a new performer on stage for each show. Also in the line-up are Monica Main, Alicia Osyka, Alison Van Reeken, Sean Walsh and Mark Storen.
The story behind the work is remarkable, with 29-year-old Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour having his passport confiscated for refusing to do national service.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a way for his play to travel the world since he is unable to.
Known for his supreme improvisation skills with The Big HOOHAA, Longley said his initial reaction to the concept was excitement that soon turned to a “freakout” when he realised what he had signed up to.
“I am used to doing improvisation with no script or working with a script with a month’s rehearsal,” he said.
“But I’ve never seen a hybrid before. I won’t have the freedom like I have in improvisation to go nuts. I have to respect the script.”
Funnyman Sam Longley reads a non-existent script for his upcoming performance in WhiteRabbit,RedRabbit.