Sol­lis takes so­lace in Black Swan sup­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya Macnaughton

PERTH ac­tor Adam Sol­lis ad­mits there have been more phone calls home while re­hears­ing Once in Royal David’s City in Bris­bane than there would have been if he was work­ing on a com­edy.

“It’s painful and re­lent­less but beau­ti­ful as well; it’s just very hu­man and shows the con­nec­tion be­tween son and mother,” Sol­lis said.

“It does have some funny bits but it’s cer­tainly touch­ing and a tear-jerker.

“I hope when au­di­ences see it, they get on the phone to ring a loved one and tell them how much they love them.”

The Black Swan State The­atre Com­pany and Queens­land The­atre co-pro­duc­tion was writ­ten by Michael Gow (Away) and fol­lows the­atre di­rec­tor Will, who re­turns home to Bondi Beach for Christ­mas to dis­cover his mum is sick.

Once in Royal David’s City will be Sol­lis’s sec­ond pro­duc­tion for BSSTC, fol­low­ing the John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts and WAAPA grad­u­ate’s role in 2016’s Ton­sils and Tweez­ers.

“Black Swan has re­ally got my back and sup­ports Perth born and bred WAAPA grad­u­ates,” the 24year-old said.

“It can be hard to get work in Syd­ney (Sol­lis’s cur­rent base) and Mel­bourne straight away, so it’s re­ally awe­some hav­ing their sup­port, even if you’re not still liv­ing in Perth, to still be open to have us in for auditions.”

Sol­lis found the tri­fecta with this pro­duc­tion and said he was moved by the story, wanted to work with di­rec­tor Sam Strong and was in awe of the cast that in­cludes Penny Ever­ing­ham, Adam Booth, Toni Scan­lan, Steve Turner and Ja­son Klar­wein.

“When we first started re­hearsals around the ta­ble, I was rel­a­tively quiet,” he said.

“But that was mainly be­cause I was so keen to lis­ten to ev­ery­one’s knowl­edge and wis­dom and soak it all up.”

Sol­lis said he en­joyed his en­sem­ble role be­cause he got to play a range of char­ac­ters: ev­ery­thing from a Ger­man back­packer to skater boy.

“It’s the kind of stuff I en­joy the most; be­ing a chameleon and trans­form­ing from one thing to the next,” he said.

“You just throw your­self into it.”

Perth ac­tor Adam Sol­lis.

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