In between rehearsals, we caught up with one of our actress, Kalaiselvi Grace. Grace shares with us her thoughts on the play and the character she plays – Cassandra.
Working on Mixed means an opportunity to highlight a minority community’s struggle that we are ignorant about or don’t really attempt to understand. – Grace Kalai
Grace graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute in 2014, and has been focused on producing and creating her own works while working as a supporting cast in MediaCorp’s long form TV drama, ‘Tanglin’.
Tell us something about yourself.
40 year old, single, independent Indian lady. (macam matrimonial site specifics! Just kidding)
I may not look like it but I love adventure sports and rugged activities when I’m overseas for a holiday.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I do a quick round of Tai Chi (sometimes so controlled and internal that it may seem like I’m just standing in one place for a long time) at the performance space before the house opens.
Do you feel you can relate to the plot or the characters in any way? What does working on Mixed mean to you?
Definitely. One can never be sure if one is making or has made the right decisions when it comes to important life events and situation. I can understand the character’s struggle to commit and subsequently doubt her ability to overcome issues. Working on Mixed means an opportunity to highlight a minority community’s struggle that we are ignorant about or don’t really attempt to understand.
Tell us something about the character you’re playing? (Without giving away too much!)
I play an Indian lady pursuing, and subsequently struggling, to balance her beliefs and trusting the choices she made.
Are there any challenges that you face while trying to portray your character?
Well, I haven’t exactly been in such a situation but know of the possibilities through witnessing friends and hearsay. So it was tough placing myself in the character’s shoes to feel and portray her journey. Hope I do justice to the character.
Describe the play in a few words.
Trust, love & acceptance of being mixed.