Rebecca Massey – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Reviving classics doesn’t have to feel old and tired. In director Simon Stone’s latest offering he promises great drama, comedy, sex and booze.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play was also Tennessee Williams’ favourite. Stepping into the shoes of the much-loved characters are Jacqueline McKenzie, Ewen Leslie and Lynette Curran.

Green Room award-winner and Belvoir Street veteran Rebecca Massey is taking on Mae, a character she describes as vile. “Playing her is great fun,” she explains. “She’s very family-oriented and in the difficult position of having to secure her future from behind her husband’s back. Everyone in the play is a villain and that’s what is so great about it. But … she just wants to look after her family. That’s not a bad thing.”

Audiences shouldn’t expect Mississippi accents, a choice Massey feels makes it easier to connect with the play. “It’s less character and more us. It feels closer to what the playwright was trying to do.”

“[Williams] has managed to pin really painful stuff with brilliant comedy so it doesn’t feel like you can’t bear it. It’s masterful.”

Published in City News online and in print on Feb 10, 2013

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