Grey Lynn actor to strip
Sam Snedden is genuinely excited to be getting naked on stage.
The 37-year-old actor is set take off his clothes during Silo Theatre’s comedy play Perplex.
‘‘The thing about it is it’s very liberating because no one knows what you’re going to do,’’ Snedden says. ‘‘When it happens it’s always a surprise for the audience and you have a tremendous amount of power at that moment… people have a heightened state of attention.’’
The Grey Lynn resident says he hasn’t had an attitude of shame because he knows there will be a big reaction from the audience.
‘‘And that’s wonderful as an actor to know that in that moment they’re totally paying attention, it’s a really great thing.’’
Perplex is written by Marius von Mayenburg, considered one of Germany’s leading contemporary playwrights, and follows two separate couples returning home from holiday. But the pretense and narrative of a ‘‘regular well-made play’’ soon disintegrates, Snedden says.
‘‘What you get is a rapid deconstruction of everything from life to theatre … it’s pretty extraordinary how that happens.’’
The play has been described as an absurdist deconstruction of reality, identity and theatre itself.
Perplex runs from November 10 to December 2 at the Herald Theatre.