Don’s devil fight
DON Hany (above) is under no illusions his character in Devil’s Playground will be loved.
Hany’s Bishop Quaid is a high-powered clergyman in the Catholic Church who, when accusations of child sexual abuse by priests start to go public in the late 1980s, tries to keep any investigations “in house”.
“[He’s] a guy who in many ways became the moral custodian for the Catholic Church at the time. He will probably be compared to [former Archbishop of Sydney] George Pell, despite the fact he’s an amalgam of many different priests,” Hany says.
It all adds up to the likelihood that “you won’t like Quaid at all”, Hany concedes of his character in the dark drama which airs its third episode this week. “But there’s got to be that voice.”
Though the subject matter is grim, Hany felt obliged to heavily research his role, watching documentaries and speaking to several former church members.
“The more you know about it, the harder it is to ignore,” he says.
“A lot of the victims from that time are finding voice now, 3040 years after. The effect it’s had on people’s lives is profound. If they haven’t suicided, they can’t hold a relationship, they can’t hold a job.”
DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND TUESDAY, 8.30PM, SHOWCASE By Neala Johnson