We recently welcomed Lara Dignam and Paul Geoghegan into the Aussie Faulty family. Having auditioned early in 2013, they rehearsed in March with our team at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Joined by long-standing company member Daley Donnelly (Manuel) and with artistic director Alison Pollard-Mansergh there too, they had their first performance in June at the Warwick Show & Rodeo Society Dinner in southern Queensland. This is what they said afterwards…
FT: How were you feeling before your rehearsal on Friday? [the day before the Warwick show]
Paul: I think my main concerns were hoping to impress Ali and to do a good job in general. I was also hoping to have a good rapport with Daley.
Lara: Somewhat anxious!
FT: And after your rehearsal?
Paul: I was a bit brain dead. Learning and polishing in four hours what we covered in a week in Melbourne. When I got home I couldn’t think of a single thing I had done all day.
Lara: Amazing what putting on the wig and frilly shirt does for your character development!
FT: What was going through your mind on the drive to Warwick?
Paul: I spent the two hour drive enjoying the scenery. And listening to select episodes of Fawlty Towers to get me in the spirit of things. When we got to Warwick, I found a coffee shop and had some quiet time having a good coffee and reading over the script one last time.
Lara: I can’t believe the motel manager in Brisbane snubbed me because I’m in theatre and not on TV! I AM super important!!
FT: First impressions when you got to the Warwick Rodeo?
Lara: We were welcomed by seven year old twins wearing pink cowboy hats named Raven and Justice. It was a beautiful, peaceful area with friendly and eager people.
Paul: The first ten minutes of the show felt awkward but once we got everyone seated I was on. Daley and I found some good comedy with the way Manuel had set the table. And then the night went by with nearly no hitches.
FT: Were there any funny and/or frightening moments during your debut?
Paul: I don’t care to admit one minor thing that happened!
Lara: The moustache falling off (shouldn’t have bought the cheap glue Basil!).
FT: The post-mortem?!
Paul: Afterwards I felt good. Nothing was missed. No one got hurt. And everyone had a good time. For a debut performance, it was a good-sized audience to perform for. And performing with Lara and Daley was a delight. I can’t wait to perform with them again.
Lara: Glad the first one is over and looking forward to the next one.
Paul and Lara are now touring Australia.