Chit Chat: Colin Moss

2012-04-27 09:17

How does it feel to be back on stage with all its immediacy and not in front of the camera or behind it?
It’s a rush! Utterly terrifying and completely invigorating in equal measure. There’s no second take
on stage.

If you make a mistake, you’ve just got to fix it. I’ve loved the process too. It’s a luxury to be able to work on a script and character to such depth. In South African film, we’re governed by small budgets, and get very little time to rehearse and analyse.

How did you get involved in the Fat Pig project?
The producer, Lee-Anne Summers, gave me the script to read. I knew by the tenth page that I wanted to play the role.

How different is Fat Pig to My Zinc Bed that you played in?
Neil LaBute’s style is completely different to David Hare. For a start, LaBute (an American and director of Fat Pig) is funny. There weren’t many laughs in My Zinc Bed. LaBute’s dialogue is also incredibly naturalistic and very fast – difficult to perform.

What do you hope the play achieves?
I hope Fat Pig shows that there is more to South African theatre than musicals and cabaret. It’s wonderful that audiences have an opportunity to see award-winning Broadway plays like this. On a personal note, I hope that this play will make people think about their own prejudices.

How did you find playing such a cowardly role?

Every role has its challenges. I hope, if I’ve done my job properly, that the audience don’t necessarily see Tom as a coward but rather empathise with him on some level, and in the process ask themselves tough questions. Behind the laughs, this play is a sharp critique on society.

What would you say is the stage of South African theatre?

I think South Africa is way behind the curve when it comes to live theatre and audiences don’t support it nearly as much as in New York or London, for instance. That said, the audiences that do come out are very responsive and appreciative.

TV misses you. Apart from the stage production, what are you busy with?

I spend a lot of time shooting international commercials, TV and films. My production company, Gathered Moss Productions, also keeps me extremely busy.

Don’t you miss your days on Idols as a sex symbol?

Not much, no. I sometimes miss the rush of live TV though.

Of all the shows you have hosted or starred in, which one would you wish to return to?
I have no wish to return to any of them. I love the work I’ve had the opportunity to do, but I’m always moving forward.

What are you listening to currently?
We could be here a while.
Let’s see . . . most recently Raphael Saadiq, Black Keys, Band of Skulls and, as always, loads of jazz.

Who will win big at the SA Music Awards?
I reckon Zahara is gonna clean up and my money is on Tax Violence in the rock category. I’m digging Goodluck right now too.

What does South African theatre and the arts need right now?

Money.

What do you like about living in Cape Town?
The lifestyle. I’m a surfer and diver, so I get withdrawal symptoms when I’m away from the sea for too long.

How would you like to be remembered? An amazing TV host, a great actor or an accomplished director/producer?

To be honest, I’d be happy if people remembered me as someone who was passionate and committed to everything he did.

» Fat Pig is on at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until Saturday

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