South-west Sydney resident Monica Kumar will be featured as a cast member in the production of Flight Paths, presented by the National Theatre of Parramatta at Riverside Theatres.
From March 15 to March 24, Flight Paths will introduce the audience to a story based at Oxford University and Kenya, exploring privilege, families, Australia’s place in the world and the consequences of charity.
Monica, 25, tells us what the audience should expect from her.
“My character is a university student at Oxford University. I think she’s a poly-science major and she’s also the person who looks after the dorm. The production is about different people coming together and seeing things in a lot of different ways – it’s about belonging,” she said.
Monica has a Fijian-Indian background and was born in New Zealand. She said her passion for acting first began when she was at high school.
“I always wanted to be an actress and studied at Charles Stuart University in Bathurst. I moved there to pursue my passion.”
But she said for her, it’s about the urge to make an audience laugh.
“Originally acting was about making people laugh and I find acting really interesting the way you can play a different story and have something reflective on screen that people feel internally. I always go for universal themes because I feel more drawn to characters I can relate to.”
We asked her if south-west Sydney was a good place for local talent to start out.
“It’s so nice there’s a theatre company making productions for western Sydney. In this area I think there’s a lot of support because it’s so diverse. But in terms of looking at people on screen – I don’t need to tell you about the disparity.
“In a way, I also feel like it’s challenging for us locals, because there’s no shortage of talent in western Sydney but there is less infrastructure for productions. When you’re in this area you have to work for it a little harder.”
Her advice to local talent is to expand skills: “Learn to write your own work. It’s about always trying to find a perspective of a character and having multiple skills in this industry.”
- TICKETS: Adult $49, Concession $44. Available from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au.
- VENUE: Riverside Theatres (Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta).