This cry of anguish from my character Roy signals the frustrations he feels as he attempts
to still his emotional turmoil in the production of his beloved opera "Cosi fan Tutte". They
are the frustrations a large portion of the population probably feels as they deal with broken
marriages and difficulties in relationships. (Boy, I'm getting a bit deep, aren't I?)
But this play, while it does deal with "issues", is also very funny, as this group of mental
patients, with virtually no theatrical experience, struggle to put on an opera, and deal with
their relationships with one another.
Even though some people may call them "nutters", they are no different to many other
people. My character Roy's annoying and aggressive behaviour is no "worse " than that of
other annoying and aggressive people I have met (particularly in the workplace), and it is my
challenge, as well as that of the other actors, to bring out the humanity of these characters.
Tonight we began to learn to sing the opera, and, as a non-singer, I think I identify with the
mental patients to do something out of my comfort zone. Watching me, trying to sing, might
be funny in itself!
So, come along, to see this show, to be amused, and perhaps challenged too.