Play­ing col­league is ‘creepy’

Auck­land jour­nal­ist David Far­rier is tread­ing the boards in The Base­ment Theatre’s Christ­mas show this month.

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1. What can we ex­pect from you in

I sup­pose you can ex­pect me to do some act­ing, or try to act. It’s weird, be­cause I’m play­ing an­other jour­nal­ist who I work with some­times. I hope he doesn’t see it. Or maybe I do? God, I don’t know. It’s a bit creepy, isn’t it, play­ing a col­league?

2. How are you pre­par­ing for the role of John Camp­bell?

I am mainly prep­ping by watch­ing Camp­bell Live ev­ery night. I record his in­tro­duc­tions to each story and play them back mul­ti­ple times. I’ve also copied the record­ing on to my dis­c­man and I go to sleep each night lis­ten­ing to his voice. I am just hop­ing this will sink into my brain so when it comes to show time I can just mag­i­cally be him. Ba­si­cally: I am just go­ing to im­i­tate his voice.

3. When was your first foray into act­ing?

I acted in a show that’s com­ing out on TV1 next year, Short Pop­pies. I made it with my friend Rhys Darby. It wasn’t too much of a stretch, be­cause I was play­ing my­self. I just had lines to learn. It was like the psy­cho­log­i­cal equiv­a­lent of go­ing over lines be­fore a date.

4. Are you a Scrooge or a

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