Pip Hall’s Ache opens in Circa Two this weekend. This week on drama* on the waterfront, Debbie Fish talks to actor Jack Buchanan, about his roles in Ache and his love life…
Q: Who do you play in Ache?
In Ache I play a number of characters – the foodie, who runs a pop-up restaurant out of his house, I play the cop, the architect, the doctor, and the groom.
Q: Seeing as Ache focuses a lot on dating and relationships, can you tell us your current relationship status?
In its simplest form: horribly alone! But it’s alright, I’m OK with it. ‘Single’, let’s go with ‘single’.
Q: And are you feeling optimistic, given that statistics about the man drought?
Well I’m feeling a mixture of optimistic, and also “what the f*ck is wrong with me?” Now that I know there are something like 50,000 more single women than men in New Zealand, or something crazy, I’ve clearly been doing a really bad job if I haven’t found any of them. But technically isn’t the man drought between 25-40? See I’m not 25 yet, so that must be the problem. As soon as I hit 25 I’m sure I’ll have 50,000 women at my door. The problem will be solved.
Q: Any stories you’d like to share about dating or relationships?
I’ve only been in two what I would call “serious” relationships. I was in a relationship from the time I was 16 until I was 20. And when I was 20 we broke up, and I kind of realised I didn’t know how to be single. I think when you’re around 18 is when most people figure that out and I missed that. And it was really terrifying and I didn’t know what to do. I think when you’re in a relationship and you’re young, there’s this thing like “if I were single I’m sure people would be all over me, it’d be so easy and I’d be so good at that” and then you become single and that’s just not true.
Q: Why should people come see Ache?
The reason I like watching it is because Ricky [Dey] and Renée [Lyons] are really, really charming and watching them together is great. I think the play lives or dies on the chemistry of those two characters, and fortunately Ricky and Renee are not just two really great actors, which they are, but they’re two people who make each other laugh a lot. And I think that has really bled into the play in a really nice way. And then of course there’s the ‘we’re all single and alone’ and this is about that. It’s nice not to feel alone in being alone.
Ache runs from 24 October to 21 November in Circa Two. To book, visit,www.circa.co.nz or call the Circa Box Office on 04 801 7992.