Midsummer Madness With Keagan Kang

A chat with the stars of Twelfth Night

By Clara Lock, photos courtesy of Singapore Repertory Theatre

Keagan Kang is Sebastian, one half of a pair of twins separated in a shipwreck, in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of Twelfth Night. He talks to us about his love for vampires and marine biology.

How have you drawn from your personal experiences to play the role of Sebastian?

I am still discovering things. In terms of personal experience that is related to the character, my stepbrother and sister back in Australia are fraternal twins. It is distinguishing, the similarities and differences between a pair of twins.

What sort of qualities do you think you share with Sebastian?

There is a certain sensitivity and vulnerability of the character that I can relate to. I think we have all experienced some kind of loss. Those have been key elements in helping me establish his journey.

If you could play any role in the world, what would it be and why?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I love vampire films and this was the first film I saw when I was young that inspired me. It was played by Belo Lugosi and I was captivated. It was in black and white. I loved the peril of his soul, the longing for a love that is lost, and the evil that begets him to do the deeds he has done. The dichotomy of this character is so rich, with extreme love and passion for Mina and the love and thirst for blood. There is so much in this anti-hero.

If you were not in theatre, what do you think you might be doing instead?

My dream was to be a marine biologist. I love the ocean. I love the sea and all its creatures. Unfortunately I had a diving accident when I was studying it in Australia that prevented me from continuing that journey.

How are you preparing for performing at Shakespeare in the park?

Exercise, exercise and more exercise. It’s hot out there in the park. I have to perform in full costume, running in and out of scenes from great distances, and must come in on time, on cue and with breath. I also have to be clear in thought, diction and projection. So I have been on a very stringent exercise regime. I go to the gym four to five times a week, and because I live near Mount Faber, I run it everyday. Its about 5.6km. I need that to build stamina and breath.

Lastly, tell us something we don’t know about you.

Would you believe me if I said I had blue blood?

Twelfth Night plays at Fort Canning Park from 25th April to 20th May. For more information, visit www.srt.com.sg

Campus has two pairs of tickets to Twelfth Night to give away!

All you have to do is name any of the actors starring in Twelfth Night. Email your answers to interns@campus.com.sg with your name, contact number and ic number. Contest ends 20th April 2012. Good luck!

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