Inside the Actor's Brain...
Ever wanted to know what actors think about the characters they play? Read below to see what Freya thinks about her character Olive from Crestfall.
If the writer of Crestfall decided to edit the script again and cut lines, which line of Olive’s would you fight for?
FP: If Mark O'Rowe were to edit Crestfall, far be it from me, a lowly Australian Actor, to stop him! Having said that, I believe the piece of text assigned to Olive works as a beautiful self-contained poem and any even minor cuts to it would alter the story's trajectory. Keep it all, Mark!
What do you love the most about your character, Olive?
I love the unapologetic nature of Olive. She stands by her personality and never falters. She has a strong sense of self and even though it may not be the average persons idea of a decent and fulfilled life, by god, she's living it.
What do you find challenging about playing Olive?
I find Olive's past a difficult thing to access when I am playing this character, at times. It is a crucial element to her personality and outlook but it is by no means a simple thing to internalise and embody given her experience is very different to that of my own.
Describe Olive in a word.
What do you think audiences will take away from Olive's story?
It is hard to pinpoint precisely what people will resonate with given there are a great deal of complexities and themes in the piece. I am sure gender roles will be a point of conversation along with forms of abuse and socio-economic climates.
What made you want to be involved with Crestfall?
The script! Good writing is always a massive drawcard for me, primarily what I look for when taking on a new project. I have also been keen to collaborate with Citizen Theatre!
Why should Citizens come and see Olive in Crestfall?
You won't come across many characters like the ones Mark O'Rowe has penned in this work, it would be a shame to miss them and their stories.
And here's what she thinks about her character Woman from Purgatorio...
If the writer of Purgatorio decided to edit the script again and cut lines, which line of Woman’s would you fight for?
Quite frankly, I would not feel at all comfortable telling Ariel Dorfman how to write his plays or what lines he should keep or cut! Having said that, the reoccurring lines that are repeated by both Man and Woman are absolutely imperative to the story and key to the idea that both characters are living in an infinite loop where time is not what it seems and memories are distorted. Without these the play would not be what it is.
What do you love the most about Woman?
I love a lot about this character. Primarily, her hot-headedness, her unshakeable resolve, her deep vulnerability.
What do you find challenging about playing Woman?
There are many challenges to this piece as a whole. The character of Woman is a challenging one to play due to not only the given circumstances of where she finds herself within the play- which is unusual in itself- but also the long and detailed history and references to Greek mythologyassociated with the character. I can't go into it too much without ruining the story!
Describe Woman in a word.
This is impossible for me. There is no word that I can think of that can adequately describe Woman! Perhaps it hasn't been invented yet..? Perhaps it is one of those German words that describe a feeling or concept that we have no word for in English!
What do you think audiences will take away from Woman’s story?
I hope people will take away the desire for discussion after seeing Purgatorio. I hope people will interrogate the meaning they associate with love and forgiveness
What made you want to be involved with Purgatorio?
The script was absolutely 100% too amazing to pass up. When I first read it in May 2014, I knew that we absolutely had to stage it as soon as possible. Our first season in July 2014 was a critical success and we knew we weren't finished with it then, so I am delighted that we are able to give it another life a couple of years later, bringing back most of the original team and being joined by some new faces.
Why should citizens come and see Woman in Purgatorio?
Purgatorio explores the nature of forgiveness and redemption- anyone interested in an up close and personal character driven play focussing on the nature of revenge and love should come and experience this visceral ride.
Freya Pragt graduated from the Victorian College of Arts in 2011.
In 2012, Freya worked with some of Melbourne's most innovative and respected theatre makers in 5pound Theatres' inaugural repertory season, taking on five roles in five weeks. Prior to the repertory season, Freya was invited back to the VCA to play Sasha in Virginia Woolfs' Orlando and appeared as Hattie in the ABC telemovie, Dangerous Remedy.
In 2013, Freya toured the country for 7 months playing Karen Patterson in It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To) for Hit Productions. Freya returned to 5pound Theatres repertory season in late 2013.
Freya spent 2015 touring Australia in the national touring production of the Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton best seller, The 26-Storey Treehouse, playing the role of Jill, for CDP Theatre Producers.
Freya has just returned from performing Purgatorio to the audiences of Fringe World, Perth.