June 6, 2015
This week I was lucky enough to sit in the fourth row at the Barbican while Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburg were on stage playing Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot under the direction of the great Andrew Upton, artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company.
I have been following Hugo Weaving for quite some time, since I first saw him in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), wearing Lizzy Gardiner’s flamboyant creations and dancing away to ABBA songs.
Most people remember him as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy or Elrond from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
Richard Roxburg is less known to the great public. His collaboration with Australian director Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge!(2001) as the evil Duke, still remains his most famous role.
Both actors are excellent on film as well as on stage and have worked with the Sydney Theatre Company for many years. Every cinema lover should really be aware of the STC, headed by the couple Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett.
3 years ago I saw Cate Blanchett and the STC in a production of Botho Strauss’ Big and Small (Gross und Klein) directed by Benedict Andrews.
Blanchett’s presence on stage was so powerful that it is almost hard to describe with words. I have had the chance to see many incredibly talented actors in the West End (Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton, Kevin Spacey, Ralph Fiennes, Thandie Newton, Toni Servillo and soon Nicole Kidman); but nobody was as mesmerising as Blanchett.
I will have to dedicate a whole post to this amazing actress, arguably the best of her generation – and surely one of my favourite of all time.
As the play was coming to an end (Godot still nowhere in sight), I came to think how wealthy of talent Australia is, and how deep my love for this country is (although I still haven’t had a chance to visit it…).