One of the things I would like to see in my lifetime is a Middle Eastern actor portraying Lady Macbeth. My tutor at uni mentioned how that wouldn’t help to perpetuate stereotypes, but I’m convinced otherwise, basically I’d like for the minority actor community to be given the chance to sink their teeth in a role with substance.
The one time Neighbours introduces a Korean character, Sunny Lee, she is the most irritating and two-dimensional on screen persona. Granted that was in 2009, there is now a gay, Asian swimming star; ie. Hudson Walsh, that doesn’t pardon the lame excuse of an exit for the Kapoors (an Indian family that had their stint cut too short). That the family left to visit an ailing grandmother in India, NEVER TO RETURN makes perfect sense especially when they’ve grown up and were educated in Australia. Read more about it here.
I don’t believe the idea that the best actor for a role is based purely on talent and skill with no consideration towards appearance. When a casting director looks for actors, they have a particular look in mind. They accept and reject people based on appearance as well as skill.
Leading me to my next topic, which is the reason why I made this campaign in the first place. I want to see a major stage play at the Sydney Theatre Company with a multi-racial cast.
I believe it’s a great way to create the opportunities for ethnic actors that are so much needed. Not only that, but it would be really bleeding interesting as an audience member to witness these interactions. Currently there is The Colourblind Project, which is doing a great job of expanding opportunities for actors of all races in Australia. I would encourage readers of this blog to follow their activity and ongoing development.
Just wanting to get some discussion going, let me know below in the comments, which ethnic actor you would like to see take on a Shakespearean role? My suggestion is Australian actor, Remy Hii in the leading role of Hamlet, like many, I first heard of him from Khoa Do’s biopic of Van Nguyen called Better Man and if you’ve seen it too, you’ll know that he is an actor capable of incredible pathos, vulnerability and fracturing honesty. It would be fascinating to see him step into the Prince of Denmark’s shoes.