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Silence Of The Sea: Finbar Lynch Interview

18 January 2013 Tom Butler

London Calling were fortunate enough to catch up with renowned stage and screen actor Finbar Lynch ahead of his latest production, Silence Of The Sea at Trafalgar Studios. Starting tonight!

London Calling: Plug time…can you tell us a little bit about the play?

Finbar Lynch: A German officer is billeted with an older man and his niece in an remote cottage near the south west coast of France during the second world war. Their refusal to talk to him becomes a kind of resistance, over  the course of the play the three occupants must deal with the reality of their situation

LC: How familiar with the original novel by Vercors were you?...How does Anthony Weigh’s version differ?

FL: We read the novella on the first day of rehearsal. I think Anthony is completely faithful to the spirit of the original, he has filtered it through his brain and the result is funny, enigmatic and moving. 

LC: With just the three actors, do rehearsals and the run itself become more intense as there’s so much stage time for all of you?

FL: Rehearsals were pretty concentrated but very good humoured, now that we are performing the play, there is a real intensity to the evening, it’s three of us in one room, and a lot of what goes on is unsaid.

LC: First time at Trafalgar? How does playing a studio differ to playing a bigger space? Does it alter your performance at all?

FL: It’s strange for me because I talk to the audience and because the theatre is so small, I can see everyone, so no big acting.

LC: Do you have a favourite London theatre? Either as an audience member or as an actor? Apart from Trafalgar Studios obviously!

FL: I like going to see plays at the Royal Court, and I enjoyed playing the Lyttelton

LC: You worked with Simon Evans on The Duchess of Malfi? What style does he have as a director and how has that helped for this production?

FL: Well he respects everyone in the room, and that generates a happy and productive atmosphere, he’s methodical and insightful, and because he is a magician he knows how to conceal and when to reveal. 

LC: Have you ever thought of going into directing yourself?

FL: I have done some teaching of Drama students here and in New York, I really enjoyed that, I haven’t directed anything.........yet.

You can see Finbar in Silence of The Sea at Trafalgar Studios until the 2nd February. For more information and to book tickets please click here.

 

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