‘You look like Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs’, says Mevrouw T. That’ll do. I’m supposed to be a seriously scary character.
As the writer of the stage adaptation of The 13-Storey Treehouse, I was hanging around the rehearsal room, salvaging my script and occasionally reading in the lines of ‘Mr Big Nose’, who appears in video segments in the play. Hiring a real actor would cost real money. I still have a current Actors Equity card and a larger-than-average proboscis, so director Julian Louis suggested I should play the part.
I haven’t acted on stage or screen since 1984 (A Fortunate Life, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth). Shock, horror, that’s nearly thirty years ago. But I compliantly pulled on the bald wig and sat down in front of the camera, desperately trying to remember my lines – lines I’d written myself.
The 13-Storey Treehouse tells the tale of massively successful writer Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton, who are battling against the odds to meet a deadline for a stage adaptation of their latest book.
Mr Big Nose is their publisher and the producer of the stage show. If the play is not a huge success he says he’s going to close it down and put everyone out of work. No pressure, boys – just make it good.
Thanks, make-up artist Helen, for doing a brilliant job and saving me a trip to the barber to have my head shaved. I wasn’t looking forward to that.
The 13-Storey Treehouse opens in the Sydney Opera House on September 21st. Book your tickets HERE.