New Talent on Stage in LOADED: A Double Bill of New Plays

Posted by on 22 January 2016 | | 0 Comments


ACTOR Hoa Xuande
Though this is your debut for Black Swan, you already have professional credits under your belt.  What has it been like working with Black Swan State Theatre Company?
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Black Swan because of the facilities and support staff that go out of their way to make your job easy. And to do a professional gig in a great venue is just a bonus.
How are you finding playing the character of Lewis? What has been challenging about the role?
Playing Lewis has definitely been a challenge as he has required me to dig deep psychologically and emotionally. And because he is a damaged character, he needs to be balanced with a just as complicated public persona, which has been a great journey to try and find.
What aspects of your WAAPA training have you drawn on for this production?
Because we had the opportunity to work with so many different and diverse directors at WAAPA, something that I’ve drawn on from my time there is to be open and trust every new process as it comes.
Can you share with us what an average day in the rehearsal room might look like?
Will, our director, is a very practical director so it was great for me to be able to work on the floor immediately as soon as we started rehearsals. And every day in the rehearsal room we would be running sections of the play or playing and improvising to discover new things.
What is next for you after Tonsils + Tweezers?
I’ll be moving back over to the East Coast, Sydney and trying to audition for a pilot season before travelling to Canada for a few months. The next couple of months will all be about networking and just establishing myself.

Actor Hoa Xuande makes his debut on Black Swan's stage in Tonsils + Tweezers by Will O'Mahony. As part of Black Swan's 2016 Bridging Company, Hoa is one of eight recent WAAPA graduates to take the stage in LOADED: A Double Bill of New Plays featuring Tonsils + Tweezers and Girl Shut Your Mouth. We chatted with Hoa about what his experience has been like. 

Will O'Mahony on Bringing a New Work from Page to Stage

Posted by on 22 January 2016 | | 0 Comments

Black Swan audiences may know Will O'Mahony first as an actor. He started with us in The HotBed Ensemble in 2009 with roles in pool (no water) and The Dark Room. He followed that with Twelfth Night in 2010, Flood in 2014 and, most recently, Glengarry Glen Ross in 2015. Other than Black Swan's stage, Will has also appeared in numerous productions at the Blue Room Theatre. But what some may not know is that Will is also a playwright and director. He was a member of Black Swan's 2014-15 Emerging Writers Program and has won multiple awards for his plays.