Perth spell for Scott

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

Scott Sheri­dan.

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