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Reuben Janes’ first taste of per­form­ing on stage was as an or­phan, one of Fa­gan’s gang, in

Oliver. His mother, Jane, was also in the pro­duc­tion, play­ing the part of the innkeeper’s wife.

“That was in 2004 so I was only nine years old then. After that, in 2006 I think, I was in

Je­sus Christ Su­per­star. The mu­sic in that show is awe­some,” Reuben says. Grease was Reuben’s next foray into theatre in 2010.

“I played two roles in A

Christ­mas Carol, Fred and The Ghost of Christ­mas Com­ing and I played the part of Bill in Funny

Money, “Reuben said.

In 2015 he was in­volved with the One Act Play Sea­son at Reper­tory Theatre, play­ing mul­ti­ple roles.

“I’ve done a lot of back­stage work, stage crew­ing, do­ing the light­ing and sound and I stage man­aged Stir Crazy, but I’ve had a bit of a break from theatre since then. I’m back now and lov­ing it,” he says.

In Ringing Changes Reuben plays the part of Brad, a typ­i­cal Kiwi bloke who grunts when he’s spo­ken to un­less the top­ics are cars or rugby and then he won’t stop talk­ing.

“That’s in act one but in act two Brad be­comes a rugby coach so he’s got to be proper now and in­sists on be­ing called ‘Bradley’. He dresses up now and he’s quite proud of him­self,” Reuben says of his role in the play.

Reuben’s ob­vi­ously en­joy­ing his re­turn to theatre and says he’ll be au­di­tion­ing for fur­ther roles when the op­por­tu­nity arises. His en­thu­si­asm for theatre is in­fec­tious and I look for­ward to see­ing him on stage in Ringing Changes at Reper­tory Theatre from July 5 to 14.


Reuben Janes.

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