He might be getting on but dont get him started – or he’ll have ya
Who are you ?
I am playing Antonio, brother to Leonato, Governor of Messina
What’s your favourite Western and why?
Am I allowed to say Poldark? Well, it is the Wild West of our green and pleasant land. Or perhaps the version of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral I saw every day when I used to walk my dog. Whenever another dog was encountered coming towards him, both would freeze waiting for the other to be the first to “draw their weapon”. I could hear the wonderful music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly playing in the background!!!
Who is your character and what are they like ?
Yet again I have been cast as a man. When I ask the powers that be at Water Lane if this is a direct reflection on my femininity, the only answer I get is that it shows my versatility as an actor. Fair enough, I love a challenge. “So what is he like” I ask. He’s an old man. “So should I play him old? What sort of physicality should I adopt during the dance scene?” The answer comes back that I should play him at my own level, in other words I am to play myself. Oh well, at least I qualify as one of the lads. Yeeeeehah!!!
What’s your favourite line in the play ( yours or anyone else’s)
My favourite line in my scenes is when Ursula says to me during our masked dance, “I know you by the waggling of your head”. Is that a great chat-up line or what? I apologise to my scene partner if she thinks I am flirting with her, but I do believe in a bit of method acting to get into character.
Come and see Toni and a collection of cowboys at Much Ado 18-20 July – tickets here