RIVALRY: The Daily Examiner cadet journalist Marco Magasic and sports editor Bill North fight it out for the same part in the Criterion Theatre production of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. Photo: Adam Hourigan
RIVALRY: The Daily Examiner cadet journalist Marco Magasic and sports editor Bill North fight it out for the same part in the Criterion Theatre production of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. Photo: Adam Hourigan

DEX journos battle it out for sole male role in play

WHEN The Daily Examiner's cadet reporter Marco Magasic got into acting last year, a future confrontation was set in stone.

The office became home to two amateur theatre enthusiasts, the other being sports editor Bill North who has considerable experience. They recently went for the same role, James, in Secret Bridesmaids' Business at the Criterion Theatre. But only one person could get the part...

The play was written by Australian Elizabeth Coleman. It is about the events leading up to Meg Bacon's wedding when she finds out one of her bridesmaids is having an affair with her fiance - James.

Just who came out on top as the alpha male is revealed below.

 

From the director: DESAN PADAYACHEE

WHILE all auditioners could have played James, according to director Desan Padayachee, Bill North was the only one who looked the part.

"I had worked with Bill before and knew what to expect with his acting," Mr Padayachee said.

"I also thought about his fiance and how they would look as a believable couple.

"Bill looks the part."

Mr Padayachee said although James was a rogue, he had to be likeable.

"He's got the Tom Hanks look," he said.

"He looks likeable but turns out to be un-likable."

Mr Padayachee said the cast chemistry was great.

"All the roles are suited right down to the tee."

 

Not quite: MARCO MAGASIC

I WAS completely sold on the Secret Bridesmaids' Business auditions when I found out there were six female roles and only one male.

Unfortunately all the women who turned up had partners and were too old for me, but that didn't dampen my enthusiasm for the part.

We started off with some drama games which got me in the mood for some serious acting.

Then he walked in.

Dressed in his movie star leather jacket, all heads turned to my colleague, DEX sports editor Bill North.

If you saw Noises Off you will know Bill is brilliant.

Director Desan Padayachee gave us a monologue to read and I got into the character of an adulterer.

A few days later I got a call from Desan saying I did not get the role. I stepped back into the office and told Bill. Without even turning from his computer he said, "I know."

 

Meet James: BILL NORTH

THE cut-throat scenario of four men vying for one male role was daunting to say the least.

The sight of Marty Wells in his Monty Python-esque role of Lady MacBeth was very fresh, as I imagined treading the same Criterion Theatre boards again. Not to mention my colleague Marco Magasic had just proven his natural ability on the stage as Doug in Cosi at the Pelican Playhouse.

Desan Padayachee's one by one closed auditions took me back to university drama days - a build up of nervous energy as I play out in my head how I'm going to sell myself as a profligate cad caught in the act.

Marco and I were the last two to face the director.

I wouldn't say I nailed it by any stretch. But the formal audition process had a refreshing air of professionalism - with Desan's informalities thrown in - which sets the tone for the production.

Now I just have to nail it when it really counts.



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