In story books, plays and fairy tales, there is usually a clear difference between the “goodies”,
the heroes and heroines, if you like, and the “baddies”, the villains. Yet, in life, nothing is so
clear-cut. We meet saintly folk who have feet of clay in some area, and no-hopers who
sometimes display redeeming features.
When actors take on a character they like to explore the confusing but rich area between the
simple polarities of good and evil. Members of the cast and crew of our recent play, Ray, the
Storybook that came to life, share how they looked for flaws in the good characters and the rays
of hope in the dark ones in order to portray them as fully rounded, convincing individuals.