Sunday, 12 August 2012

THEATRE BEAT: 5 Questions for… actor Glen Campbell

SMASH HITS: Campbell, with actress Nadean Rawlins in April.

Starring alongside a talented cast in Patrick Brown’s Yard 2012 this summer, Thespy-nominated actor Glen 'Titus' Campbell is getting reacquainted with his laugh-out-loud comedic roots. Below, the star dishes about the show, his artistic versatility, and what truly makes Jamaica great.

As a tribute to Jamaica’s golden anniversary, Yard 2012 offers a revue-style comedic send-up of our colourful history and culture. Sounds entertaining.
“We’ve been having lots of fun. The show takes a look at a wide range of issues that have to do with Jamaica 50, but in terms of the history, we’ve been enjoying looking at how things might have gone down back in those days if things had been a lot different. So it’s been a whole lot of fun.

Do you get to give free rein to your inner comic like you’ve done on so many previous occasions?
Oh, yes. Most definitely. And, for me, one of the best things about the show is getting to play six, seven different characters and they are all very different. So it’s lots and lots of excitement.

How do you define yourself as an artist?
As an actor and artist, I consider myself rounded, adequately rounded. One who can deliver different styles of acting – and especially in a show like [Yard 2012], a revue that really allows for that kind of performance.

We recently witnessed a spectacular Independence Gala at the National Stadium that people are still talking about. What did you feel?
I was proud. Proud to be Jamaican. I caught glimpses of it on TV because we were on stage at the time. It was a First-World kind of presentation, and it reminded me that we likkle but we tallawah.

What are your ideas for keeping Jamaica great?

We need to stick to our core values – the love and the brotherhood. That love that makes us uniquely Jamaican. Because no matter how developed we are, we still need that warmth and love that has made us such a great people.

Yard 2012 plays at the Centrestage Theatre, New Kingston, on Tuesdays to Sundays. Tickets: 968-PLAY.

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1 comment:

  1. Just looking at Mr. Campbell's face makes me laugh. He is a gem. I agree with him... love, brotherhood AND sisterhood please!