We asked NAT BURBAGE, who plays Sylvia St Croix, what’s so great about RUTHLESS: THE MUSICAL (Koorliny Arts Centre, August 18 – September 2, 2017).
Q: What sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone who has ever had anything to do with show business, school plays, dance concerts, stage parents, glitter or any other diva-related activity. This includes anyone who has had to live with someone participating in the aforementioned activities.
Q: What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
My character, Sylvia St Croix, is traditionally played by a man. The challenge for me is making the character my own whilst honouring the writers’ intentions. Our very well-organised directors have been fantastic support.
Q: Why did you want to be involved in this production?
I have tremendous respect for the production team (Allen, Kate and Taui), the script really appealed to my sense of humour as I love a good pastiche, I was itching to get back on stage after a couple of years break and I particularly enjoy working with small casts – it ticked all of the boxes for a great experience.
Q: What’s something funny that’s happened during rehearsals?
Our wonderful Bella’s mispronunciation of one of the ‘swear words’ during our first reading had all of us in stitches of laughter. Ah, the precious innocence of youth.
Q: Who should not come see this show?
People who would rather be at the dentist.
Q: What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
There will be a prolonged period of gushing about the entire production and then they will begin listing all of the people they know that demonstrate traits particular to each of the quirky characters.
Q: Which is the best night to see the show?
Every night is a good night to see a show! The best night is the one they buy a ticket for.
Q: Name a stage diva you think should see this show.
Gosh there are so many divas to choose from and I know many of them WILL be attending or they shall NEVER be forgiven! I would love for Ms Tracy Noble to swoop back into W.A. and grace us with her fabulous presence.
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