CAST

Patrick Last

1. What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

It’s been great, Chris has been lots of fun to work with and always has so much energy. It amazes me sometimes what goes on in his head, he has so many ideas about how a scene could work or how a character might feel, they are usually something that I would have never have thought of.

2. Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Be prepared, be relaxed, be yourself.

3. What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

Some of the best, and most beautiful ideas can come from improvisational work.

4. What’s the scariest part about your role?

Maintaining a strong connection with my character, it can be quite difficult to connect with her, (seeing as I am a male, and she is a intersexed female).

5. Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

Cher. Believe. ‘nuff said.

6. Funniest experience so far?

Too many! Innuendos galore! Issy and I did create a magnificent combination of Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I’ll be back, my little friend,” “Hasta la vista, my little friend,” “Say hello to my little baby.

7. Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

It’s a play that not only entertains but actually means something, it makes you think about real life issues that are happening in our world now.

8. Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Vena Cava provides a safe environment for those who want to get involved in student theatre and being in a play predominately devised by students is pretty rad!

9. Any final words of advice?

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” -Mewtwo


Angelina Majok

1.     What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

It has been a crazy experience but Chris is an amazing director, to have someone so passionate about his work leading the way has made it an all in experience where you dive in not knowing what’s at the bottom but trusting it will be great!

2.     Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Oh wow, this was my first ever audition for anything so prepare! Do something you personally connect with because then they can connect to you too. Don’t stress and if there’s an interview just be you! They’ll love it!

3.     What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

So so much! I talked about this today with cast members, how crazy it is that it started with a core idea. Small composition tasks we did in rehearsals, discussions we’ve had and stories we’ve told have now become a part of the show. There’s a piece of each of us in it, I learnt to trust the process and director, to be in it completely, heart and soul.

4.     What’s the scariest part about your role?

Being vulnerable and having stories that have actually happened to us be a part of the piece, it can be scary but so amazing too. Just to have that connection with our audience and to let them in just that little bit deeper.

5.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

The entire experience has been hilarious and joyful but one of my most enjoyable would have to be our dance parties and our group hugs whenever we go too deep into emotional territory, we all connect that little bit further and we all love to hug so its just wonderful.

6.     Funniest experience so far?

Watching Finn and Patrick sass Chris so much that Chris responds with “You know what, see you opening night!” The guys are such Divas but so is Chris so its hilarious to watch them all out sass each other constantly! And oh, the grammar! Much fun. Much drama.

7.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

It gets you thinking but its hilarious and fun at the same time. You will laugh, you will dance, you might even cry and then we will make you laugh again! It is so interactive; we love our audience so get ready to be a part of the show yourselves!

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Speaking from experience, I never auditioned for anything in my first 2 years of uni, I was always too afraid but this year I decided I don’t want to be that person anymore I want to be a part of everything! I am so glad I am a part of this and that’s why everyone else should do it, it’s the BEST experience, you do what you love with amazing other people who love it too. You have fun and get to work with a wonderful director who teaches you to be better, to put heart and passion into everything you do. If you want to apply for a show; DO IT, DON’T REGRET IT!

9.     Any final words of advice?

Just enjoy the experience because it will be over before you know it and you will remember it for the rest of your life. Vena Cava; amazing! Of Mirrors and Angels; amazing! Chris Beckey; freakin amazing! Thank you so much for the crazy experience!


Issy Mowen

1.     What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

It is an amazing opportunity. As a uni student trying to build a profile in the industry, it is a great insight into the world of professional theatre. 

2.     Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Always come prepared

Nerves are good, harness them and use them

Leave no stone unturned, give it everything

3.     What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

Throughout this process I have learnt a lot, but there is one thing that has stuck with me. I have found that the use of personal stories and experiences has not only brought us closer together as a cast, but has also allowed us to find truth and honesty in our work.

4.     What’s the scariest part about your role?

I think the scariest part is sharing my personal gender identity story. It’s as if I’m allowing the audience into the deepest depths of my mind, with no security requirements. There is a difference between being vulnerable on stage, and sharing your own personal vulnerability. But in saying this, I am just as excited as I am terrified.

5.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

There was one night where we went really deep into a heavy topic and it was quite emotional for many of us. Afterwards, we gathered into a tight embrace and made sure that everyone was okay. I think that was a major turning point for our ensemble. While it was quite a sad rehearsal, we came together as a group and accepted each other without a second thought.

6.     Funniest experience so far?

There was one particular rehearsal where we discovered the beauty of Cher’s ‘Believe.’ There is something amazing about having complete trust in your ensemble that you can sing, dance and act like a weirdo in front of them without a care.

7.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

‘Of Mirrors and Angels’ is a devised work, which targets the serious issue of gender identity in society. I think this is an important piece of work as it allows the audience to explore an intense problem in a safe and entertaining environment.

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

It is a great way to meet industry professionals while exploring your artistic talent.

9.     Any final words of advice?

If drama is where you want to head into, get out there and explore your opportunities. Vena Cava is a great platform. 


Ashleigh Djokic

1.     What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

Very rewarding, I find I always learn something new every time I work with new people. 

2.     Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Be prepared and take risks!

3.     What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

Sometimes it feels like a work takes thousands of years to take shape - therefore patience is very important.

4.     What’s the scariest part about your role?

Playing a character who identifies as the opposite gender is definitely a challenge. And there are moments of total vulnerability that are quite physically and emotionally demanding, and I have never done anything like that before. Its pretty spooky.

5.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

Because the content is extremely relevant and necessary. The amount of violence and hate connected to gender issues is truly alarming, and it needs to be fixed.

6.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Because if you dont do it now you never will.

7.     Any final words of advice?

Hook in. 


Ruth Caruso

1.     What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

Very intense but hilarious fun. Being able to look at someone’s directing style in a main stage production after studying it in theory has been the best kind of learning experience.

2.     Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Apart from make sure you’re centred and focussed before you open your mouth? No not really, haha.

3.     What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

That a creative process can be both high structured yet still have a lot of freedom of thought, something that I’ve had trouble believing in the past.

4.     What’s the scariest part about your role?

The part where I have to be cruel to people. And keeping a straight face when things are getting intimate.

5.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

Pretty much every moment has been enjoyable. I’m not even saying that as a throw away comment. Even the times when things made me uncomfortable it has been a wonderfully supportive and safe environment, as well as challenging. The best kind of theatre experience.

6.     Funniest experience so far?

That one conversation we had about dinosaur porn. Like, why guys…….

7.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

Because it’s relevant. There are so many questions that are not asked and so many sides that are never looked at when it comes to gender. There are so many areas of grey that are hard to believe could ever exist until you’re introduced to them. Considering that understanding is the first step in peace, I believe that education is the best policy when it comes to areas of contention. Of Mirrors and Angels starts to open up some of those areas of understanding for those who wish to know.

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Because its hellas fun! You get to learn loads and laughs are free and frequent. But serious, student theatre is so important. At some point, everyone is a student, it’s how you learn, and theatre is a predetermined safe space to explore issues and be yourself. The end product might be a scary to perform and place in front of an audience to judge, but you are always supported and always valued in your individuality.

9.     Any final words of advice?

Be ready for anything, and know that if your director says “Jump of a bridge”, it’s because they know you’ll survive. Probably. 


 

Caz Kropp 

1.     Whats it been like working with an industry professional? 

Working with Chris has been fantastic. A lot of things Ive learnt theoretically have started to make sense during the process. 

2.     Have you got any audition tips that youve learnt along your acting journey?

This is probably something thats said all the time but really going in to the audition with as little stress or anxiety as possible really is the best thing. I cheated that a bit when I audition for Of Mirrors and Angels” because I was so tired that I didnt have the energy to be stressed or anxious. Thats not really a good tip though, you should probably try to be awake when your auditioning.

3.     What has the devising process throughout the Of Mirrors and Angels rehearsal period taught you the most?

Probably not to hold on to things when devising. You may think that what you have is as good as it can get. Its not and chances are its probably not going to work in the story or in the story. But you can work with that original idea and the constraints you have to work with. That usually leads to some pretty cool things happening.

4.     Whats the scariest part about your role?

Probably the fact that I have to be about four different characters during the show. I have to make sure that each of those characters are different enough from the other that the audience can tell that Im a different person each time.

5.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences youve had along this journey so far?

One lunch break some of the cast were sitting around with nothing to do. So we started playing that Substitution from Spicks n Specks with somebodys book. That was probably one of the most entertaining lunch breaks.

6.     Funniest experience so far?

Which do I pick. The morning that Finn and Patrick tried to out sass each other. Or the look on Finns face every time Chris would make a dirty joke. Which can best be described as a the look a mother gives her child when she is very disappointed by them.

7.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

Why not? Its not the kind of experience youll probably get to have very often. Theres funny moments, moments that will make you think and moments that are probably going to hit pretty hard. Also we dont make you sit on the seats in the Woodward for the entire show because thats hella not fun.

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

I cant even begin to count the amount of valuable moments that Ive had during rehearsal or the of things Ive learnt from Chris in the last month. Its been a pretty hectic period and Ive come out of it knowing that this is still what I love. As hard as its been and as hard as we have been pushed it has all been absolutely worth it.

9.     Any final words of advice?

Never be afraid of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. If youre worried that you wont have time, or that you arent good enough to be in a show, you never know unless you try. Also you can absolutely live off Pita Pit.


Kiera O'Neil

1.     What’s it been like working with an industry professional?

It has been extremely useful as we have been able to learn new skills, tips and training techniques that will prove helpful in the future. 

2.     Have you got any audition tips that you’ve learnt along your acting journey?

Be prepared. An audition is a nerve racking experience for most of us so you need put in the hard work before hand. This way you will be so much more confident and whoever you are auditioning for can always tell if you have come well prepared.

3.     What has the devising process throughout the “Of Mirrors and Angels” rehearsal period taught you the most?

It has taught me a great deal about gender. Before starting work on the show, I knew little about this topic. Now, mind has been opened and I understand so many more things about the world I live in and how gender affects everyone in it. 

4. What's the scariest part about your role?

The part where I have to be myself and speak truthfully about my gender identity story.

5.     Can you tell us one of your most enjoyable experiences you’ve had along this journey so far?

Getting to know my fellow cast members and crew. They are all wonderful people which makes it so much more bearable to spend 25 hours with them a week.  

6.     Funniest experience so far?

Every extremely inappropriate joke that has been made in our rehearsal room.

7.     Why should people come and see Of Mirrors and Angels?

Because it is a once in a lifetime show. The show has been devised by and tailored around this cast and crew. Meaning, they will never be able to see this same show again.  

8.     Why should people break out of their comfort zone and apply for a Vena Cava show in the future?

Being a part of putting together a show is a wonderful process in which you get to meet new people, laugh, learn new skills and discover things about yourself that you never thought to consider before. 

9.     Any final words of advice?

 With every audition you will get better so audition for everything and anything you are interested in.