Play stirs Pollard’s green passion
DUNSBOROUGH actor Myles Pollard’s passion for the environment was immediately stirred on reading Helpmann Award-winning playwright Hannie Rayson’s latest play, Extinction.
“I think the environmental side of it was what really triggered me,” Pollard said.
“I haven’t really talked about it much but that’s why I live down south; I surf and spend all my spare time outside, so it infuriates me to see it destroyed.
“Hannie has written something around a subject matter she loves but in a very evenhanded way.”
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company, Extinction begins with the death of an endangered tiger quoll but also questions the allocation of environmental research funding.
Pollard plays vet Andy Dixon, who is facing his own mortality. He loved his character’s many contradictions.
“On one hand he wants to protect the environment, but on the other hand, he understands there’s a tipping point where when a population of animals gets to less than 5000, you can’t save them,” he said.
“He can appear cold and calculated and detached, but he’s driven around saving the environment.
“The play is not hitting you over the head with a big politi- cal message; it’s not didactic and there are two arguments which are both as eloquent and significant as each other.”
With both parents working as teachers, Pollard grew up in the North-West before moving to Perth for Year 10.
He studied teaching at Edith Cowan University “because it was in my DNA and my dad said get something behind you”.
He always knew he wanted to be an actor but it was not until after graduation that Pollard decided to go for it.
He spent the next year preparing for WAAPA and the National Institute of Dramatic Art, auditioned, was accepted to both and chose NIDA.
“I was at the point in my life where I needed to go on an adventure and just get away from home,” Pollard said.
He has since starred on television shows, including McLeod’s Daughters and in feature films Drift and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while also running acting classes and workshops.
Actor Myles Pollard with a tiger quoll.