Interview with Swan Award Nominee Adam Gaunt

With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony only two weeks away, we caught up with nominee

Adam Gaunt played Edmund

Adam Gaunt to ask him about his nomination.

What role have you been nominated for and in which production?

Edmund Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Tell us about your audition and what did you do to get the part?

Having already had a minor role in the previous production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ I had a vague idea of what to expect in the auditions. I had to improvise a conflict situation, read from the script and sing. The key, I think, is to just throw yourself into it.

How did you prepare for the role?

I was familiar with the book and the movie and spent time trying to think in the same fashion as my character.

What did you love the most about your character?

I loved that Edmund was a complex character who evolved emotionally from a self-centred troublemaker to feeling remorse over his actions. It’s also more fun to play a baddie.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?

I didn’t want my character to be two dimensional, I didn’t want him to be sly for sly’s sake. I wanted the audience to understand his envy of his ‘perfect’ siblings so they felt a degree of empathy for him.

What techniques did you use to learn your lines?

Rather than learning my lines in isolation I had my parents and friends help me act out the scenes. I prefer to learn my lines in context with the understanding and queues which help me remember my lines a lot easier under pressure. The downside is, they know when I’ve got it wrong onstage.

How did you feel on the first night?

Excited yet nervous. It helped to know that everyone else was feeling the same way and that we were working as a team.

What was your favourite part about performing the show?

It was our Christmas production and the set was amazing which made it feel really special. The feeling of elation when it was over  knowing our hard work had paid off was indescribable.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Adam on his achievement and wish him every success at the awards ceremony.