5 Questions with Zac McKay and Steve Vincent

Zac McKay

Zac McKay

Steve Vincent: What’s your most important/meaningful/memorable theatre experience?
Zac McKay: Definitely the first. Chinchilla with STC at the Drama Theatre Opera house. Directed by Rodney Fisher, designed by Brian Thompson. The set was completely white using the entire stage area, with a ballet bar running along the back wall. Stunning. The play itself about Nijinski Diaghilev, and the Ballet Russes. Coming straight from drama school to work with such a great bunch of actors including, Peter Carroll, John Gadden and Linda Cropper in such an iconic building was truly a blast.

Who would play you in the film “Zach McKay: It’s not OKay!!”
Nana Mouskouri. It’s a glasses thing.

Two Parter: In Ghosts you play Jacob Engstrand. a)What does Engstrand do on a Wednesday night? And b)What’s his spirit animal?
Gets pissed, falls unconscious in a gutter. Budgerigar.

In Ghosts, the only time we share the stage is in one scene where I enter but then you leave almost immediately!! What’s that about? Was it something I said?
You don’t say anything! However, you’re taller than me, younger than me, better looking than me, more talented than me, your have an agent a wife a car…. need I go on? I weep with despair every time I see you, and you ask about sharing the stage.

Any weird or wonderful pre or post show rituals?

Steve Vincent

Steve Vincent

Zac McKay: What drew you to acting?
Steve Vincent: I was pursuing a career as a professional footballer when I met a beautiful young woman whose grace, confidence and worldliness struck me like a thunderbolt and woke me up out of my one track football mind! She was studying classical music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and her influence on me is huge, I started to see there was a lot more to life than football and I felt I needed to find a way to try and explore and learn every inch of life. Acting was the answer.

What Shakespearean character would you like to play?
Without a second thought or doubt… Shylock! I’ve loved and felt for him from the moment I read The Merchant Of Venice and would love a hit out at him. I came to the works of Bill late and Shylock was the first character I met and I keep returning to him over and over. I’m also a big Pacino fan and he brought a tenderness and humanity to a character many thought to be evil. I already know all his lines, all I need is to age a bit and I’m set!

How do you learn all those lines?
Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition! It’s the old fashion way, but it’s the only way for me. Apps and recordings never lets it sink. I just repeat and repeat and as they sink I try to form images to associate and then recreate those “mind paintings” each time I repeat. The blocking helps, and then I take them for walks all over the city and try to make them conversations.

What pertinence does Ghosts have to a contemporary audience?
Ibsen’s works aren’t classics just because they are old. They’re classics because the themes he writes about are universal and transcend time or period or culture. I relate to my character Olswald because I can understand his issues with his world, his family, culture, his art and himself. As I too have gone through one or two of the same issues. The world gets older but the issues for people stay the same. It’s kinda sad when you think about it. But, if you’re a mum, dad, son, daughter, have hopes and dreams, strong ideals, have been lied to or have lied to someone, in love or out of love or been born… Then you’ll find something in Ghosts.

If you could achieve anything, having no limitations whatsoever, what would that be?
It’s going to sound corny but I’ve recently learned limitations are what you put on yourself. We live in a great country where we can set out to achieve anything! I’m the son of migrants, they had limitations due to a Franco ruled Spain. Their choice to move to Australia has resulted in a lifestyle for me where I can achieve anything! I owe it to them to do so. I’d also like to have a long lunch with Marlon Brando!

Zac McKay and Steve Vincent can be seen in Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen.
Dates: 7 – 24 Oct, 2015
Venue: The Depot Theatre