THEATRE BEAT FOOT­BALL FOR ROBERTS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya MacNaughton

THE only am­bi­tion David Roberts had while grow­ing up in Eng­land was to be a foot­baller.

But Roberts was also into theatre and when he was 15, his dad made him choose be­tween the two.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing in the car with my dad, who told me I had to make a decision be­cause he and Mum couldn’t af­ford for me to do both, to the ex­tent they were go­ing to need to be fi­nanced,” Roberts said.

“I told him I’d make a decision soon and he said he thought I should per­form.

“I think he said that be­cause in truth I didn’t have what I needed to be a foot­baller and he saw some­thing in my per­form­ing that I could make a go of it.

“Per­form­ing ran in my fam­ily but not pro­fes­sion­ally. At an early age I was very much a class clown and at­ten­tion seeker and I think that nat­u­rally pro­gressed onto the stage.”

The 31-year-old is cur­rently repris­ing the role of Sam Wheat’s best friend Carl Bruner in Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion Ghost the Mu­si­cal, fol­low­ing stints as the same char­ac­ter in UK and Sin­ga­pore tours.

“It’s nice play­ing the vil­lain; I’ve al­ways found those char­ac­ters a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing,” he said. “For me he’s the char­ac­ter who has the big­gest arc through­out the show.

“I love it be­cause he starts as this warm char­ac­ter and has then com­pletely lost the plot by the end. I think he’s very mis­un­der­stood and never meant for any of that to hap­pen. He never said ‘Go and kill Sam’; he’s a materialistic per­son and went af­ter the quick fix.”

Roberts said al­though he loved the mu­sic, it was the story that kept lur­ing him back to Ghost the Mu­si­cal.

“There are parts where the mu­sic just com­pletely gets me, but for me it’s the story that’s the strong­est part of the mu­si­cal,” he said. “It’s what the au­di­ences take away with them; the love and loss and how im­por­tant peo­ple are to you.

“It’s what Sam says at the end: ‘The love in­side, you take it with you’. It’s a trea­sured line.”

David Roberts (cen­tre) in Ghost the Mu­si­cal.

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