Sydney Foreign Actors Association presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet featuring actors from 12 countries.
“I don’t know if you can find more diversity in a production of Shakespeare anywhere in the world,” says director Pete Malicki. “We even have a French director, Moroccan assistant director and Chinese stage manager.”
Sydney Foreign Actors Association is a newly launched advocacy group providing support and opportunities to overseas actors working in Sydney. Its activities will include live events, networking opportunities, workshops and webinars.
SFAA co-founder Cris Bocchi, an actress and director with duel Brazilian and Italian citizenship, wants to show Sydney producers, directors and audiences that foreign actors can be just as good as the locals. “The only real difference is our accents,” says Bocchi. “Most of our cast have struggled to find work in Australia despite success in our home countries. We’re so excited to show Sydney a visually beautiful production with a range of different looks and sounds.”
South Sudan-born actor Mandela Mathia is Hamlet, opposite Kelsey Skinner’s Ophelia. “This is a great opportunity to showcase another leading role in a Shakespeare play. After playing Othello earlier this year, I’m glad to get the chance to demonstrate my range,” he says.