Arts & Entertainment

Managing Carmen

Photo: Isaac Downey

This August, Lane Cove Theatre Company are bringing Australian playwright David Williamson’s Managing Carmen to the stage for a two-week season. Directed by Isaac Downey, the play features a plethora of colourful characters, focusing on AFL star Brent Lyall. On the field, Brent is the darling of Australian football. He’s the captain of the leading team and is at the top of his game. Behind closed doors, however, Brent has a secret. He spends his free time cross-dressing as his alter ego Carmen.

Australian actor Cam Ralph plays both Brent and Carmen in the production and spoke about the differences between the two characters.

“He’s quite timid in some ways, and she’s very extroverted and big and explosive.”

Cam has enjoyed taking on the challenge of playing such a complex role and being pushed outside his comfort zone as an actor saying, “It’s been quite a challenge stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve had to put aside any kind of ego but also then become quite comfortable in doing anything and saying ‘yes’ to anything.”

Managing Carmen is an all-round comedy however woven into the script’s wit is a touching and memorable story, brought to life by both Brent, Carmen and the surrounding characters.

When asked what kind of experience an audience might have when coming to see the show, Cam replied, “I can guarantee they’ll have a very good laugh but also see an underlying dramatic side to things. It’s a very intimate performance. You get to have one-on-one time with each of the characters and explore their depths.” (MB)

Until Aug 31. The Performance Space at St Aidan’s, 1 Christina Street, Longueville. $20-$27+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.trybooking.com/ZFDE

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