Perth spell for Scott
BARKING Gecko Theatre Company gave Perth actor Scott Sheridan his first professional role in the 2006 production Trains of Thought.
Since then he has graduated from WAAPA, moved to Sydney and appeared in various projects for Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Sheridan returns to where it all began this week as Barking Gecko present the Griffin Theatre Company production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
Stepping into the shoes of Guy Edmonds, who performed the one-man show in Melbourne and Sydney, Sheridan is taking over the Perth leg and could not be more excited.
“I’d seen Guy perform it last year and probably had more fun than the kids, which is kind of what initially it was all about,” Sheridan said.
“The director Lucas Jervies at the initial conception was trying to create a play where adults could feel like children again.
“It was tailored for them but also for kids because Roald Dahl’s stories were always dealing with mature themes, and so ultimately the kids were being told an adult tale at the same time.”
Sheridan said he had been a huge Dahl fan since age eight and attributed the author’s success to his cheeky and macabre fiction.
“So to jump on board for The Witches, which is probably the creepiest and cheekiest of his stories, is a lot of fun and also exhausting,” he said.
“It’s probably the most exhausting show I’ve done, and it’s only a 45-minute show. I’m dripping buckets by the end of it, so it’s definitely a challenge.
“It’s one of those things that initially doesn’t look too hard but when you start doing it, you realise it’s a lot of work. It’s different changes in the body, a lot of silly accents and little shifts that differentiate between each character.”