So wrong it’s right

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya Mac­naughton

AC­TOR Adam Dunn is in prime po­si­tion dur­ing The Play That Goes Wrong to hear peo­ple’s “se­cret laughs” as he sits in the au­di­to­rium play­ing the role of light­ing and sound op­er­a­tor Trevor.

“There are dif­fer­ent types of laughs; you get snorters, you get guf­faws, you get peo­ple who shriek,” Dunn said.

“It’s one of those pro­duc­tions where you can’t hold back and it’s go­ing to come out whether you like it or not. And where I sit in my box, I get to see ev­ery­one lose it.”

The slap­stick West End com­edy is on a six-month Aus­tralian tour with a mainly Aus­tralian cast pre­sent­ing the play within a play as Corn­ley Poly­tech­nic Drama So­ci­ety de­liver The Mur­der at Haver­sham Manor.

Dunn, fa­mil­iar to au­di­ences for his tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial work,

said Trevor, a huge Du­ran Du­ran fan, was like a griz­zly bear: soli­tary and not want­ing to hang out with other peo­ple.

“I got a lot of work­ing space with Trevor be­cause they made him Aus­tralian, whereas the Trevor in the English cast is English and ac­tu­ally goes to Corn­ley Poly­tech­nic,” he said.

“We thought if Corn­ley Poly­tech­nic came to Aus­tralia, they would just hire a lo­cal guy. So my back­story is that I saw an ad in the news­pa­per for a sound and light­ing tech and thought The Mur­der at Haver­sham Manor was a dance party. Trevor thought it was a rave and Corn­ley Poly­tech­nic was a techno dub­step band, so he went along to do a light­ing show for them and then found out it was a play and hung around, but isn’t a big fan of the ac­tors.”

Dunn said it was amaz­ing how much in The Play That Goes Wrong had to go right.

“We do our best to en­sure it’s all con­trolled may­hem,” he said.

“It’s a re­lent­less roller­coaster and I think one of the great things is that it doesn’t give you time to take a breath.

“You can just go in, en­joy it and walk out with a smile on your face.

“It’s such an en­dor­phin-re­leas­ing show and I quite like that. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a role more than when I saw the show.”

Adam Dunn (top right) with the cast of The Play That Goes Wrong.

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