1. Tell us a little about your character/ Tell us a little about your role in this production.
My character Siraj, strikes me as lonely man who realized a little too late that companionship cannot be substituted for other things. The fact that he is dealing with health problem that impacts on his daily life makes this lack of companionship even more pronounced and I feel this desperation for care and concern makes him a very interesting character.
2. How is this character/role/concept/work different/similar to other productions you have done before?
In the past few productions that I have done, I tend to be cast as an older character who is misunderstood by the people around him. In that sense, I feel this character falls under the same mold. The concept of this production however is something new to me and I am looking forward to seeing it come together.
3. What is your working style?
I believe very strongly in being aware of the environment and the people that I work with and adapting my way of working to maximize the productivity of the process. The character I play also becomes a big focal point in my daily activities as part of my preparations, I talk about it a lot with my friends and loved ones and I try to read a lot about stuff pertaining to the characters. That’s how I get comfortable with the individual I portray.
4. How do you prepare for rehearsals?
I try to chill out and relax in the hour before rehearsals as I find that it allows me to better focus on the rehearsal process. Before that I usually spend some time going through the script even if we don’t do any script work for the session, just to keep in touch with the story.
5. What are some challenges you have to deal with for this production?
The biggest challenge for this production is that is runs concurrently with some night classes that I just restarted. It’s been awhile since I juggled studying and rehearsals so it takes some getting used to .
6. How do you overcome these challenges?
Right now, it’s all about time management especially with completing assignments and completing homework for the production.
7. What do you want audiences to take away from this production?
I would like the audience to re-look at the space that they interact in on a daily basis and how these spaces have “seen” different stories and lives evolve. I feel that the relationship between individuals and places they grew up in is an underrated aspect of life especially in Singapore and maybe the concept of this play can make people think about that a little bit more.
8. Who/What is your inspiration in working for this production?
No one in particular although I do feel the stories are well written and deserve an audience to hear them.
9. What is one word you would use to describe this entire process and production?
10. What do you look forward to on the show days?
I look forward to sharing the stories that the production team and cast have created. Taking the audience on a journey for an hour and a bit. Escaping reality but provoking thoughts at the same time.
Adib Kosnan plays Siraj in Absence|Presence happening at the NLB Drama Center Blackbox at 8pm on 30th October to 1st November. Tickets at ticketmash.sg/absence-presence. Early Bird and Group Discount for another 5 days! So grab it now.
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This is England ‘90 due to begin shooting Saturday 7th September
The wait is almost over, people! After almost 3 years, Shane Meadows has finally announced some definite dates for This is England ‘90. The news was released via the director’s twitter feed, and later confirmed by actor Thomas Turgoose, who said shooting begins this Saturday.