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Strange Attractors of Physical Theatre

23 Apr

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. Solomon will play one of three Robert Mapplethorpe’s in ‘Strange Attractors’, while Patti Smith will be played by seven different actors. Picture by Norman Seef.

When it comes to his future in theatre, Solomon Thomas is quite honest when he admits he doesn’t know which way to turn.

One thing is for certain, though, he is willing to twist himself into knots in the pursuit of his love of physical theatre.

In his latest production, Strange Attractors, the University of Wollongong performance student is not only acting in the play, but also co-directing and choreographing. And whenever possible, he is bringing his love of physical theatre to centre stage.

“The movement, physical theatre stuff, choreography is always a huge thing for me,” Solomon says.

“It’s always what I’m inspired to do and it’s always what I want to do.”

Besides first being introduced to theatre in year three when he played a pharaoh in Jospeh’s Techniclour Dream Coat, Solomon’s interest in physical theatre began a number of years ago when he joined a professional physical theatre youth company in Bega.  Although he has creativity pulsing through his veins thanks to his artistic parents, Solomon says his six years with the fLiNG Physical Theatre company has influenced and developed his love of theatre.

“That was like my starting in theatre and where it all comes from and that influences all of my work, especially this kind of stuff.”

As a physical, more external actor, Solomon has been struggling to learn a New York accent for his role as one of three Robert Mapplethorpe’s in Strange Attractors.

“My weakness as an actor is probably my voice, so that’s been really hard and I’m still struggling trying to get that accent,” Solomon willingly admits before giving us a demonstration.

“Can I some cawfee?”

Strange Attractors, a play based on the lives of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith and directed by Cath McKinnon, opens at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on May 24th.