Brett Dahl- Sebastian
Brett Dahl has performed with our Outreach Program twice, and plays Sebastian, Viola’s twin brother, in Twelfth Night. This past summer, he was Romeo in Shakespeare in the Park’s Romeo and Juliet.
How has it been having a Shakespeare filled year, what with Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Park, Much Ado About Nothing for our Outreach Program, and now Twelfth Night? The best part of having such a ‘Shakespeare filled year’ is that each show has required such different tools as an actor and ultimately taught me a lot about myself as a performer. Performing Shakespeare outside requires a lot of clarity and vocal technique to sustain your instrument for a long run fighting against wind and rain and performing for young audiences really requires a whole other level of physical energy and investment as an actor. Together these experiences have taught me a lot and hopefully influence my work on Twelfth Night.
What excites you most about working on Twelfth Night? I’ve really wanted to work with Kate Newby ever since I saw her haunting production of Lion in the Streets with Sage Theatre. As well, as much as this is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedy’s, its also quite dark and I like that as a company we’ve been exploring the absurdities of life’s highs and lows.
How would you describe Sebastian? Sebastian is a magpie.
What’s your favourite quote from the play? “and thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges” -Feste
How did you get drawn to Shakespeare? Performing Shakespeare is one of the most freeing experiences as an actor it’s just a bonus that the language is so intricate and rich, when at its best the wit and debate of his greatest scenes are a huge turn on for me. Language is sexy.
Dream Shakespeare Role: Richard the Second, which also happens to be my favourite play. Ariel in the Tempest would be a runner up.