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We introduce you to the wonderful Wilf Williams. Wilf trained under eccentric northern acting tutor, David Johnson (BEM) and works across all aspects of the industry including theatre, film, TV, voiceover and corporate work.
Wilf is a regular at Worcester Rep, making his debut in 2015 as Dromio of Ephesus in the hugely successful production of The Comedy of Errors, which transferred the following year for the International Shakespeare Festival 2016 at the National Theatre, Craiova, Romania.
We caught up with Wilf to interview him about the upcoming production of The Tempest.
If you could play any character in any production who would it be and why?
I cant give just one answer. Sorry. So here's two different ones. First, Macbeth in...Macbeth. Grizzled war hero turned murderous villain, controlled like a puppet by an equally villainous wife, what's not to like? It tops all the Shakespeare characters for me as the one I really want to play
Second, I would love to portray Robert Falcon Scott (Captain Scott) in any production type at all. Another flawed hero, a wonderfully misunderstood, complex and challenging character.
I have a thing for anti-heroes
What made you want to become an actor? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I started late in life, at 29, and it was very much something that I had always wanted to do but had never given myself the opportunity until I was old enough and brave enough to get into it. I have always been interested in the study of characters and the human condition, and acting allows you to bring that to life and ultimately tell a story. Inhibiting a character on stage or screen and living their world, albeit briefly, is amazing. I always like to challenge myself to make even my closest family forget they are watching 'me', that's the ultimate test.
What is your favourite genre of acting to perform and why?
I don't have one particular genre I prefer, I love all opportunities to take on a character whether that's Shakespeare, Panto or Pinter. However, I am always drawn to the opportunities to play out characters who are rooted in reality, who have traits and layers like any of us. It doesn't matter if the character is fictional fantasy, a historical figure or a real life character as long as the audience can relate and take something away, that will always appeal to me.
What are you most excited about in the upcoming performance of The Tempest?
My role of Caliban offers me the opportunity to take on a character that is mythical and fantastical but at he's also tortured, emotionally unstable and aggrieved by betrayal. Very human emotions for a character often portrayed as a monster. I'm also very excited to perform in the Huntington Hall for the first time. Its a fabulous venue and both the actors and the audience are in for a real treat.
What do you enjoy about most about being a part of the Worcester Rep?
It's like a family and The Swan is like a second home, especially during Panto! To get to work with familiar faces and new faces and to produce great work regularly is fantastic. I have worked with some fantastic people and continue to do so and I have made great friends along the way. It also helps that I'm local (Hereford) and to have high class professional rep theatre on my doorstep is amazing. The Rep is a great example of regional theatre in the UK and I am excited about what the future holds for it.