BWW Interviews: Oliver Wilson of BLUE/ORANGE

September 7
6:55 AM 2012
BWW Interviews: Oliver Wilson of BLUE/ORANGE

How are rehearsals going, and how is the company settling in together?

Rehearsals are going really well. Everyone in the company are easy going, we all get on well, and there is a good company atmosphere. As there is only three in the cast it allows us to really focus on the characters and have more time with the director to work things out.  

How are you feeling about being part of such an iconic play - and how are you approaching re-imagining it?

I absolutely love this play. Though simple in terms of set, props, and number of cast, It's complex, funny, thought provoking, challenging for both the actor and the audience, and what I love the most is that it doesn't try and give you any answers.  It's an honour to be a part of it.

Also I think it's one of the few great roles for a young black male to have played. I think the only thing I can do is try and do it my way, and not worry about what's been done before.  It's great to be in a modern play that looks at society and provokes some challenging questions.

You've got an extensive tour scheduled - do you enjoy touring? 

I do enjoy touring. It's great to get out of London for a bit and spend some time in different parts of the country. It's also a good way to keep the play fresh, as you're forever changing venues, which may also bring different audiences.

Do actors notice different reactions from audiences in different towns?

From my experience it's only the cities/towns that are not used to too much theatre or only certain types of shows that you find you might different reactions to what you're used to. But usually, unless you have a 'bad night' or drastically change something, you should get the same reaction. 

Blue/Orange opens next week and then proceeds to tour the UK.


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