Cleomenes played by Tom Kanji
The Winter's Tale (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Performing in his second show in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this season, Tom Kanji plays Cleomenes in The Winter's Tale.
Tom trained at RADA.
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Pericles, Romeo and Juliet (2015 Tour), Doctor Scroggy’s War, Julius Caesar and Eternal Love (UK Tour for Globe/English Touring Theatre).
Other theatre includes: Cadfeal – The Virgin in the Ice (UK Tour for Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival 2011/2012); A Russian Play (Lion and Unicorn); Hamlet (UK tour for Northern Broadsides); Othello, The Importance of Being Ernest (RMS QM2/RADA); Wild Horses (Theatre 503); Sailing to Britain (Tara Arts); Back of the Throat (Old Red Lion); The Tempest (Arts Theatre, Leicester Square and UK Tour); The Girl, The Oil Pipe and the Murder in the Forum, Prints of Denmark (Tara Studios/Edinburgh); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Vic Theatre, Stoke) and Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse).
Television includes: Silent Witness, Hustle, Midnight Man and Saddam’s Tribe.
Tom has also starred in various commercial and corporate films.
"We are always on fire watch in that theatre. I was walking past one of these little fire baskets and I went, 'That seems a lot brighter than normal!' If I hadn't walked past that, there could have been a small fire at the back of the stage!"
With performances coming to an end, Tom reflects on his favourite moments from the run, including jig the jig, audience reactions and being turning his hand to fire fighting.
"You can't ever rest on your laurels in that theatre. You have to be alive, you have to be working all the time because you can never disappear there. You're so visible."
With performances under way, Tom discusses performing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, how this differs to performing on the Globe stage, and the special effects used in this production.
"They've got lovely scenes, but there's no character necessarily in the text. It's a sort of different way of working, you're not really unpicking texts to go, 'That's what he's about, that what he does'. You're going, 'He's really excited here. He must be excited. Let's go with that!'"
In his second interview, Tom talks about the characterisation of Cleomenes, how rehearsals are going, and exposition.
"This is around the time of a huge Renaissance in art, where sculptors and painters are actually trying to make things, make statues look as real as possible. And Shakespeare's written about this character, who's standing stock still and we believe it's actually a statue."
In his first interview, Tom talks about the natural and supernatural in the play, his character Cleomenes, and working on Pericles and The Winter's Tale in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.