guest post: actor david jonsson on his role in bricks and pieces
Rehearsals for bricks and pieces have been brilliant. It’s been a process of constant digging and leaving no stone unturned. We work 6-day weeks, and things are constantly changing. From the feel or journey of a scene, to Charlene giving us new drafts, re-writes and tweeks; we’re certainly all being kept on our toes! Our rehearsal room is actually plastered wall to wall with images and research, and our floor is more often than not completely covered with Lego – something not so fun when you’re walking around barefoot. By simply stepping into our room you’re brought into our world; Tobi’s world. It’s become something that’s very particularly crafted, and frankly, something to behold.
In terms of context, I don’t think bricks and pieces has just one. It touches on so many. I think the play raises issues and questions around sexuality, race, stereotypes, and most importantly life today, specifically, the different shoes we wear. It has a sort of fluidity to it – and yet, it’s quite haunting. I think our director Natalie made it clear that this play is about no one thing and to us it’s become a sort mish-mash of experience, true experience (or inexperience in Otis’ case). I think this is written into the core of this play, and within all the characters.
I very much enjoy playing Otis… he has a sort of complexity and a pull to him. He’s a kind of inbetweener, a boy/man, and brings a sort of brightness to the world of the play. He’s extremely unique, as I think all the characters in this play are. Uniquely written and uniquely relevant. As a company, we are a new generation of actors – black actors and human beings. We’re living in this world today, and I think these are the characters we don’t get to see as much in theatre, if at all. For that reason alone bricks and pieces is definitely a story of importance, a story worth living, telling and sharing; and dedicated to all those like us.
david jonsson will graduate from the The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in July 2016. His theatre credits include: Harry in Pigeon English at Bristol Old Vic and Edinburgh Fringe; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Riverside Studios and Clarence in Ghosts at the Rose Theatre Bankside. He is also a Warner Bros. Creative Talent Scholar receiving financial support and mentorship from RADA’s principal partner Warner Bros. Entertainment. You can find him on Twitter @davidjonsson_.
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