Cold call for actor

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on February 15, 2018

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN actor and Albany-born Simon Woodward is returning to his theatrical roots this week to embark on a unique performance that has taken the world by storm.

The Blue Heelers star and seasoned theatre performer will take centre stage at the Albany Entertainment Centre tomorrow as part of Nassim, the creation of Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour.

The performance features a new actor for each show, who reads from a script they have never seen before the moment it lands in their hands on-stage, exploring the freedoms and limitations of language.

Woodward (pictured) said he did not hesitate to accept the of- fer of being the Albany actor for Nassim as part of the Albany Arts Festival Season.

“John Doust dobbed me in,” he said. “He got me on the phone with Drew Dymond and

I met with him, and he explained it was a cold read. “I jumped at that, as soon as I heard it was a cold read. “I like the surprise of a cold read, and I like

sharing that first experience with people. Interpreting something without thinking too much is exciting.”

The actor said his only apprehension of the perfor- mance was “the unknown”, but believes that is an element of Nassim’s design as a theatre performance.

“I haven’t done any preparation for this because I think the spirit of it is to be as unprepared as possible,” he said.

“The temptation was there to look at his other per- formances, but another part of me said not knowing was part of it.”

You can still get tickets to Friday night’s performance of Nassim by calling the AEC Box Office on 9844 5000 or booking online at Ticketek.

Doors open at 7.40pm for an 8pm start.

Photo: Ashleigh Fielding