Alex Thomas-Smith Bat Out of Hell

Gay Times Magazine - - CULTURE -

On play­ing a lead­ing ques­tion­ing role in the West End...

He’s con­fused about his sex­u­al­ity and his gen­der, and it’s im­por­tant to have a role like this as young boys and girls are find­ing them­selves. Play­ing some­one they can re­late to is hum­bling, and I wish I had this role when I went to the the­atre.

The im­por­tance of rep­re­sen­ta­tion for queer peo­ple of colour within main­stream arts...

Rep­re­sen­ta­tion is so im­por­tant be­cause when I was grow­ing up and go­ing to the the­atre, I’d look around and won­der ‘where’s the black one? That’s the part I can play’. That’s what you do. You won­der who you look like as that’s who you can por­tray. Thanks to new writ­ing and cast­ing direc­tors be­ing brave, we’re get­ting to play th­ese lead­ing roles and stand in the spot­light, op­posed to be­ing the side­kick, funny one or sassy one.

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