Grey Lynn ac­tor to strip

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

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.

Visit silothe­atre.co.nz.

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