Nursing desire for Brit comedy
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.