February 19, 2013

The Boys of Summer, Part 1

The year ahead holds promise for an explosion of emerging talent. 
As part of a week-long series, we introduce the actors on the brink of stardom.

Photography Georges Antoni | Styling Jolyon Mason
Grooming Natasha Severino | Hair Diane Gorgievski

Growing up on the Gold Coast, 27-year old Eamon Farren (top) moved to Sydney study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2005, attributing his acting interest to a great high school drama teacher. “After high school I went to do an economics degree at university and realised very quickly that I should just be an actor. I got the courage up to audition and was lucky enough to get in," he explains. After an immediate run of independent Australian films including Blessed and Lucky Country “I realised I also loved film, and the balance of theatre and film is a great one. You get the technique and art from theatre and can apply that to film even though they’re different mediums. I like to straddle both worlds”. In 2010, not only was he a runner-up for the Heath Ledger Scholarship, Australians in Film, but he was thrown in the deep end in Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks HBO series The Pacific. “It was a dream job for a young male actor. It was one of those experiences that you can’t compare to anything. Boot camp was physically intense and the shooting of it was an after mark of the actual experience.” This year Mr Farren will perform with the SydneyTheatre Company in Mrs. Warren’s Profession [March] and in the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet [in September] But if he could choose any role, he’d have a crack at that dream role for most actors: Hamlet. “It’s one of those roles you forever want to try again. As far as storytelling, it’s the ultimate.”

Growing up hunting and fishing in a big family, Travis Cardona’s (centre] upbringing was worlds away from the theatre. However, after joining Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, an organisation funded by the Northern Territory government, and going on to act in a professional production as an understudy during ninth grade, Mr Cardona realized his passion, putting it down to “the whole storytelling aspect, I think. As a kid I was a big fan of stories. Acting and plays was the next step.” Having since performed in series such as All Saints and Dance Academy, as well as Griffin Theatre’s Savage River, when asked if he could choose between theatre and television, Mr Cardona remains torn. “I think with theatre you get that big adrenalin rush, but with film you can watch it back and create something completely surreal or different”. Mr Cardona is set to play a character that is visually impaired in Belvoir Theatre’s This Heaven, on now. Set in country New South Whales, the play is based around a family whose circumstances lead them to a tricky balance between love and anger. “With the script you put a lot of time into the words on the page and what you’re saying. I talk it out a lot, nutting out exactly what your character is hearing, and what the other characters are saying”.

Coming from a family of 12 children helped Caleb Alloway develop a knack for standing out from a very young age. “I remember when I was seven or eight I asked if I could learn the piano. Mum saw that I was into the arts and I started taking part in the local musical society productions”. Mr Alloway has often played characters dealing with emotionally intense internal struggles, in theatre productions like The Paris Letter and Canary. “They’re great roles to play; I love to research and get inside those kinds of characters. It’s all about changing someone in the audience so they feel like they can make a difference.” In preparing for these roles, Mr Alloway credits his mentors. “I worked with [actor] Peter Cousens earlier this year... working with someone of that calibre is great. We sit around a table and talk about the characters, but I also draw on my own life.” Mr Alloway was also a part of Underbelly Razor as Constable Keith Sullivan, a dramatic departure from his previous on-stage roles. “It was so different and my only TV experience to date. It was quick, huge and a bit of a blur.” In early 2013, Mr Alloway will appear as part of Peach Theatre Company’s highly anticipated comedy The History Boys at theSydney Opera House.

Words Kate Venman | Talent wear Prada clothing