CANNING Vale resident Benedict Chau is learning all about dysfunctional families and mothers-in-law from hell.
He’s appearing in Marloo Theatre’s latest offering The Anniversary – a black comedy where a mother binds her three sons to her with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses.
Chau plays the youngest son Tom, and said his character’s feelings about his mother are fairly blunt.
“He’s the larrikin who dreams of his mum’s death and may surrender people he cares about to help dig her grave – metaphorically speaking,” he said.
Chau, who won a best actor award for University Lockdown in 2009, has worked on various odd jobs in film and has performed in Finger in the Dyke with Herding Cat Productions and The Jungle Book at Marloo Theatre, as well as taking part in improvisational comedy at the Cannington Bowling Club.
He said he was quite fortunate to land the role of Tom given he initially had no plans of auditioning.
“With The Anniversary, I simply tagged along to the audition to hang out with friends I had appeared with in The Jungle Book,” Chau said.
“I kind of suckered myself into auditioning and got the role of Tom.”
The Anniversary plays at 8pm on April 27 and 28, May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 with 2pm matinees on April 29, May 6 and 13. Tickets are $22, but $20 for concession and $18 for members.