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Sir Toby Belch
PJ is an Actor, Director, Lighting Designer and Freelance Media Practitioner based in Canberra since 2002.
Acting credits include Late Night Catechism, Violine, Under One Roof, Six Pack, Breathing Corpses, The Give and Take, Without Predjudice, The Chain Bridge, The Faithful Servant and most recently The Diary of A Madman.
For TV he has appeared in Home & Away, All Saints, Always Greener, and Tricky Business plus numerous commercials.
PJ has performed numerous corporate role plays for a wide range of clients including Peers & Players, The Cranlana Project, John Curtin School of Medicine, TIEinteractive and ML Complex Adaptive Systems
He has been involved with The Street Theatre's Hive Writing Program and First Seen as a workshop director, dramaturge and actor and co-founded Impro Theatre ACT.
In 2008 he received the MEAA Actors Equity award for Professional Practice and in 2016 & 2018 Canberra Critics Circle Award for his performances in Faithful Servant & Diary of a Madman.
PJ is a proud member of Actors Equity (MEAA) since 1989.
My first exposure to Shakespeare was seeing John Bell’s Nimrod productions of Much Ado About Nothing & Macbeth as a kid. I instantly fell in love with the language. I also saw Polanski’s film of Macbeth on a school excursion and was stunned. Shakespeare deals in humanity’s big questions which is why it always has relevance. Love, desire, ambition, deception, honour, life and death. These things don’t have a use-by date.
ON SHAKESPEARE BY THE LAKES
This is a great concept that has been missing from the Canberra landscape for far too long. I was lucky enough to be involved in similar projects in Sydney in the 1990’s and still some of the best fun performing I’ve had. This is the perfect way to experience Shakespeare, especially the Comedies.
ON YOUR CHARACTER: SIR Toby Belch
Toby is a lovable rogue and lush who drives a lot of the secondary plot devices. He loves to enjoy life as long as someone else is paying for it!
ON TWELFTH NIGHT
In modern terms it deals a lot with the performative aspect of self. The ability to be who we feel the need to be for which ever ‘audience’. Our peers, lovers, family, work. It deals with gender politics and representation in a way that makes us think and laugh.
ON THE DIRECTOR
I was fortunate enough to have worked with Chris as an actor in The Street Theatre’s 2008 production of The Give & Take, also a comedy. Chris brings to Twelfth Night a lifetime’s experience with Shakespeare as an actor and director. His ability to simplify the language to it’s core meanings has been a fantastic lesson for all.