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Catching up with celebrated actor/director
Leading theatre actor and director Cameron Rhodes
has his hands full this month. While performing on
stage in April Phillips' latest drama Motel, he'll
spend his days directing Erroll Shand, Jodie Hillock
and Dena Kennedy in the New Zealand premiere of
Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie. Reporter Jess Lee
caught up with the stage legend to ask him a few
10 QUESTIONS WITH
Curtain call: Actor Cameron Rhodes is treading the boards in Motel and directing After Miss Julie this month.
1. Describe Motel in 140 charac-
ters or fewer.
A brilliant new play set in one
room in a seedy small town motel.
With decor stuck in the 1970s, we
see a host of interesting and some-
times unusual characters passing
through. It s at times very funny,
moving and very Kiwi. The audi-
ence gets to observe (and possibly
relive) their New Zealand motel
A great cast, with a mixture of
well-seasoned and fresh faces
brings to life this new, award-
nominated play. A fun night out.
That s well over 140 characters
2. What's the best thing
you've ever come away with
from a motel room?
In a New Plymouth hotel, I once
found an unfinished bottle of single
malt whisky that had been left,
hidden behind the extra pillows in
the cupboard. I decided I couldn t
resist drinking it and sharing with
the troupe I was touring with.
3. Where was the worst motel
you have ever stayed in?
A budget hotel in Sydney. It was
cockroach central -- the room and
the kitchen was home to a cock-
4. What was it about your
character in Motel that drew
you to the role?
He is a good straightforward
man, on the surface, but there are
complexities and things going on
underneath his veneer. He is a
well-drawn character who finds
himself in an unusual situation.
5. What were you like as a
young drama student at the NZ
Drama School with the likes of
Robyn Malcolm, Kerry Fox and
It was the late 80s, just before
New Zealand discovered espresso
machines and the explosion of cafe
culture. On Fridays we would go to
the bank and cash our student
allowance cheques, then off to Con-
tinental Cakes on Courtenay Place
to have a Cona coffee, an asparagus
roll and a lamington. Then we d go
into town to buy records and new
multicoloured leg warmers a la
6. What advice would you
give to yourself back then?
Don t wear leg warmers! And
enjoy the pre-student loan lifestyle
for all it s worth. Lighten up!
7. Do you still get recognised
as Farmer Maggot [in The Lord
of the Rings]? What's it like to
have such a big audience for 30
seconds of work?
Yes, I still get the odd fan letter
from Germany. Farmer Maggot
will probably be the biggest audi-
ence I will ever get, over a billion I
believe. Unless I m in a Star Wars
filmoneday. . .
8. What would be your dream
character to play?
I ve played Cyrano De Bergerac,
but love to give him another go.
9. What was the one role that
got away that you wish you'd
had the chance to play?
10. Has there ever been a
time in your career where you
thought about chucking it all in
and taking up a different job?
At drama school they said if you
are still acting over 30 you will do
it forever. I was 29 and considering
a different career, but my 30th
birthday fell on the opening night
of a Greek play at Downstage that
I was in. When the cast sang
Happy Birthday and presented me
with a cake after the show I took it
as a sign that my fate was sealed.
I m in it for the long haul.
Motel is playing until August 24
and After Miss Julie is on from
August 27 to September 7 at The
Basement theatre. Go to
basementtheatre.co.nz for details.
up to stage
We do: Auckland Unitarian Church minister the Rev Matt Tittle will perform one of New Zealand's first
same-sex marriages at the Ponsonby Church.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Flashback: Our May 3 edition.
A small church at the top of
Ponsonby Rd will play a part
in a big day in New Zealand s
The historically progressive
Auckland Unitarian Church
will marry a couple who won a
radio competition to become
one of the first same-sex cou-
ples to marry legally in New
Radio station ZM was orig-
inally hoping to hold the wed-
ding of former Football Ferns
player Melissa Ray and her
partner Tash Vitali at St
organisers learned Anglican
Church rules forbid its minis-
ters from performing same-sex
Auckland Unitarian Church
minister the Rev Matt Tittle
then immediately offered the
services of the Ponsonby
church to the couple.
The service will begin on
Monday at 8am on the day
same-sex marriage becomes
legal under Labour MP Louisa
Wall s bill which passed in
The Unitarians happily per-
form same-sex marriages,
ordain gay clergy and welcome
all of the gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender community
to their congregations around
the world. Dr Tittle was dis-
mayed to see so many
churches closing their doors to
gay couples when the bill pas-
sed (Auckland City Harbour
News, May 3).
I am honoured to be a part
of this wonderful, historic
event, he says.
He has officiated at a num-
ber of same-sex weddings in
the United States.
All of the feedback he has
received since the Auckland
Unitarian Church announced
its stance on same-sex mar-
riage to the Auckland City
Harbour News has been posi-
tive, he says.
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