Geraldton born actress Tasma Walton is returning to Black Swan's stage in our production of Dinner by Moira Buffini. Tasma is well known to television audiences from her time on favourites like Home and Away, Blue Heelers, Water Rats and City Homicide. In this deliciously dark comedy, she plays Paige, the hostess of the dinner party from hell. We chatted with Tasma about her character, Dinner and theatre versus television:
Black Swan: Dinner is your first Black Swan production since Live Acts On Stage. What are you looking forward to about performing for Perth audiences again?
Tasma Walton: Its always wonderful to be working back in my home state Perth audiences are quite engaged and its lovely to have them peppered with friends and family.
BS: Your characters role in Dinner is one of two characters that are in on the big secret. What has it been like creating this character and what do you think her motivation is behind such an elaborate shock?
TW: Paige appears to be quite straight forward on the surface a detached, bored, wealthy woman who enjoys playing mind games with her guests. But underneath her emotions are complex, turbulent and deeply felt. Its an exciting challenge to bring such a character fully to life.
BS: What do you imagine the back story is between Paige and The Waiter? We see them appear quite well-acquainted before the dinner guests arrive and then he is involved in the twist at the end.
TW: Paige and The Waiter have only met once before the dinner party but their connection is immediate and deeply intimate. In fact, their relationship is possibly the most genuine and honest one Paige experiences.
BS: Youve worked a lot in television. Are there any major differences in acting style for television as opposed to stage? What is it that you specifically enjoy about each and why?
TW: The most obvious difference is the sequence of storytelling. In a play you start at the beginning and end at the end. With Film and Television the climax of the story, so you need to keep reminding yourself where youve come from and where youre heading. All mediums have their own challenges and unique rewards its great to have the opportunity to dabble in all of them.
BS: What advice would you give to students hoping for a career in acting?
TW: Know yourself, be curious about the different lives around you. And yes it is good to have something to fall back on the rent doesnt pay for itself.
Don't miss Tasma Walton on stage in Dinner, at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA from 14-29 March 2015. Tickets on sale now through Ticketek.