Young actor’s dual role in play
A Hillsborough actor who struggles to get parts hopes to prove his critics wrong.
Zane Fleming has been acting since he was 6 and believes the fact that he is short and ‘‘chubby’’ prevents him from being cast.
Friends asked him what character he’d like to play and he settled for Bender, the criminal student from The Breakfast Club.
Following that conversation, Fleming and friends set about bringing the production to the stage, where he will play the lead role of Bender and will try his hand at producing.
The production will be at the Playhouse Theatre next month.
‘‘There’s a belief that younger actors in Auckland can’t put on a professional production,’’ Fleming, 21, says.
‘‘We are not amateur but we are all under 25.’’
The storyline follows five teenagers who spend a Saturday in detention together.
In January, Fleming attended a two-week Hollywood immersive acting programme in the United States where he was taught the business side of acting.
‘‘[It was] absolutely fantastic . . . the people we work with are the top
people in Los Angeles.’’
Young producer: Zane Fleming says young people have the ability to put on a professional stage production.