THEATRE BEAT FOOTBALL FOR ROBERTS
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.