Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tanya Macnaughton

AC­TOR Luke Joslin was never any good at play­ing Twis­ter, which is hard to be­lieve for any­one who has seen him play Robert Grove in The Play That Goes Wrong.

The phys­i­cal na­ture of the role in this award-win­ning English farce has seen the Syd­neysider lim­ber up.

“I’d never seen the pro­duc­tion so didn’t know ex­actly what I was in for,” Joslin said.

“In fact, I didn’t know ex­actly what I was in for un­til day one of the first read­ing.

“I’d read the script a cou­ple of times but not in the sense of the mag­ni­tude of the mo­ment and this is what hap­pens. As it turns out, I’m do­ing a lot of the phys­i­cal tricks.”

Joslin’s char­ac­ter Robert plays Thomas Col­ley­moore in the play within a play as Corn­ley Polytech­nic Drama So­ci­ety present the dis­as­trous mur­der mys­tery The Mur­der at Haver­sham Manor.

“The beauty about it is that the way the char­ac­ters are struc­tured, every­one is so dif­fer­ent in terms of their ap­proach to things go­ing wrong,” Joslin said.

“Nick (Simp­son-deeks) as Chris the di­rec­tor gets gravely frus­trated and re­ally angsty, while Robert per­ceives him­self as the the­atri­cal pro­fes­sional of the group and it’s im­por­tant for him to stick it un­til the end, even though it’s crash­ing down around him.”

Joslin, who has a great love for com­edy, was last in Perth play­ing nar­ra­tor Ron Edge­worth in Ge­orgy Girl and be­fore that did a sea­son of Av­enue Q at Re­gal The­atre.

But de­spite these suc­cess­ful tours, he has longed to per­form a show at His Majesty’s The­atre and will have his wish granted when The Play That Goes Wrong opens at the his­toric venue on May 31.

“I’ve been back­stage and had a look at it but I’ve al­ways wanted in my heart of hearts to do a show there,” Joslin said.

“Ev­ery time I walked past I would think what a joy it would be to do a show there. I think it could be the nicest the­atre in Aus­tralia.

“That venue is what I’m most look­ing for­ward to; that and go­ing to Mar­garet River. I’ve never been but have planned a trip with my part­ner once the show fin­ishes.”

Luke Joslin (left) in The Play That Goes Wrong.

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