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I have admired Simon Leary’s acting work over the last two or three years. He’s one of the new “new-breed stalwarts” at Circa Theatre in Wellington. I’ve seen him play warm and nice, funny, sad, despicable – he’s been the hero and the villain. I’ve seen him in the Christmas pantomime chewing scenery, spitting out ham. I’ve seen him singing, dancing, playing comedy and drama and linking several points between. I’ve seen him play it very straight. And I’m about to see him play it not straight at all.
I met him for the first time just a few weeks ago to have this chat. And found out, among many other things, why it was important to him to have the chance to not play it so straights, as it were.
Simon grew up in Timaru and is now based in Wellington. I really believe he is one of our finest theatre actors in the country right now. A remarkable talent.
So we met over a beer – and talked all about theatre: how he arrived as a working actor, how I got hooked (back) into reviewing it. We talked comedy and improv and learning lines and training and all the things you talk about with actors. It was great to meet him finally and to share some ideas and conversation.
Simon is about to star in COCK which opens at Circa in Wellington this weekend. So we talked all about that too. This Christmas season he not only stars in the pantomime – he is one of the show’s writers. So we talked all about that too.
I really enjoyed this conversation and it’s my hope that you do as well.