5 Questions with Rosane McNamara and Keila Terencio

Rosane McNamara

Keila Terencio: Which is your favourite joke?
Rosane McNamara: As noted in the play, the best jokes are dirty ones! My favourite joke is so dirty that I couldn’t possibly write it here but, if you run into me at the theatre, I’m very happy to tell it to you 😊

Which English word do you least like saying? And why?
“Can’t”. I’ve always been a “glass half full” person and, even in the saddest of times, I like to focus on what can be done. It sounds a bit twee but life really is about possibilities.

Which was the first theatre production you were involved in?
Can I remember that far back? My first role was in primary school. I was the Queen in Blackbird Pie and I had one line: “Bring him his majesty’s dinner”. I got the role because I had the loudest voice. No surprises there! My first professional role was in Cinderella – as one of the ugly step sisters. No comments thank you!

What sort of person is going to love The Clean House?
People who can laugh in the face of the absurdity and messiness of life. Hopefully that’s all of us. Life, love and death are rarely as “clean” as we’d like them to be so learn to love the mess.

What’s your favourite line in this Sarah Ruhl text?
“This is how I imagine my parents”. This line leads us into the play’s world of magic realism in which Matilde continues her relationship with her late parents. Theatre is a place for the imagination to roam and I love all the “other worldly” aspects of The Clean House e.g when it snows in the living room or when apples fall from the sky.

Keila Terencio

Rosane McNamara: What is the biggest challenge for you in this play?
Keila Terencio: There are so many challenges in this play for me, but one of them is what has given me trouble for the last few years: the language! Even after 5 years learning English, there is still a struggle and effort to pronounce many words. Even though I am playing a character that has an accent (thank god! ), in the show I can’t rely on my “hands talking” as I do in the day-by-day conversations. So yes, English is (still) the challenge.

What is your favourite moment in the play?
Yesterday my favourite moment was the “telenovela” scene. The day before it was the part that Maltide and Virginia talks about underwear. Last week my favourite was the “perfect joke’ and “apples” part. Every time I leave the rehearsal room, I have a new favourite moment, and as we explore the play further I love it more and more!

Your character, Matilde, is Brazilian and so are you. Are there other similarities between you and her?
Yes many, but apart from the language, these similarities are not related to our nationality. Matilde is a young lady with big dreams and a positive attitude to life, I am connected to her in this way. However, I believe, she could be from anywhere in the world. I am sure every country has their own Matildes.

You have done a lot of aerial and acrobatic dancing. Is this still part of your work or are you now more interested in acting?
For me, both acting and aerial dance are part of the performing arts mix in my life. I train aerials in an exploration of different ways to tell stories, and acting is an essential part of that.

Matilde makes up jokes. What type of jokes do you like?
My family is from the country in Brazil, so I grew up listening to jokes of country people, most of them involves animals, accents or just making fun of the way people on the farms live. I love these kinds of jokes because they are close to me, they are connected to people that I know. Back home we love making fun of each other, we always give funny nicknames to our friends and we love making people embarrassed in front of others – I know it sounds terrible, but believe me, in the cultural context it is quite funny, we are very easy-going people haha! Just to think about it makes me start laughing!

Rosane McNamara is directing Keila Terencio in The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl.
Dates: 6 June – 8 July, 2017
Venue: New Theatre