Nurs­ing de­sire for Brit com­edy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - Sara Fitz­patrick

BORN and raised in Liver­pool, ac­tor Clare Faza­ck­er­ley has Bri­tish hu­mour in the blood.

Her fond­ness for the dis­tinct com­edy genre, of­ten re­veal­ing the ab­sur­dity of ev­ery­day life, fol­lowed her from Eng­land all the way to Perth, where she has lived since 1992.

Faza­ck­er­ley brings her pas­sion – mostly for clas­sic Bri­tish sit­coms such as Black­ad­der – to the stage through act­ing with lo­cal theatre com­pany Se­rial Pro­duc­tions.

Com­pris­ing a group of friends, the troupe brings BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries and plays into the lo­cal spotlight.

Its latest pro­duc­tion is Bri­tish farce Noises Off, which cen­tres on a third-rate English stage com­pany per­form­ing a fifth-rate sex com­edy called Noth­ing On.

Faza­ck­er­ley plays Belinda, the ac­tor who takes on the role of Flavia.

“I first saw the pro­duc­tion in Lon­don at the Savoy Theatre and loved it,” the West Leed­erville per­former said.

“It’s a great ex­am­ple of Bri­tish hu­mour, with lots of puns, in­nu­endo, irony and sar­casm.

“Add lots of doors and sar­dines and you’ve got a very en­ter­tain­ing cou­ple of hours of theatre.”

But com­edy act­ing is not Faza­ck­er­ley’s only love.

She also takes great plea­sure in her role as nurse for the heart and lung trans­plant unit at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

Com­mu­nity asked how she jug­gled the two very dif­fer­ent pas­sions.

“At times with dif­fi­culty,” Faza­ck­er­ley said.

“Both are chal­leng­ing and very time­con­sum­ing. How­ever, I love the di­ver­sity and I think act­ing gives me a dif­fer­ent fo­cus and helps me de-stress from the chal­lenges of nurs­ing.”

The com­pany sup­ports a char­ity an­nu­ally and this year part-pro­ceeds of ticket sales go to the Heart and Lung Trans­plant Foun­da­tion of WA.

Clare Faza­ck­er­ley in Noises Off.

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