PAUL HENSHALL as Selsdon Mowbray
Paul’s theatrical stage debut was in 2003 when he played the King in the Bendigo Production of Cinderella. The experience got him hooked on theatre and since then he’s played character roles in South Pacific, Breaker Morant, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus of Disapproval, Black Rock, The Rooms, Joseph, Don’s Party, Turning Tables and no doubt a few more.
But Paul’s appearances on stage goes back quite a lot further than that Cinderella debut. Paul started playing drums at the age of 13 and from the age of 18 (you’ve GOTY to be able to drive to be a working drummer) he played on many and varied stages. Bands ranged from a tour and recording with a gospel group through to residencies in pubs and clubs, mostly in and around Melbourne. But he says his best gigs were supporting bigger name acts such as Russel Morris, Doug Parkinson and John Paul Young. “It’s always great to play in front of a big audience, and those guys really did pull big crowds in their day”.
In 1990 he retired the sticks to move to Tasmania, where he and his wife Anne ran a boutique accommodation venture. As a part of their business, Paul and Anne hosted over 50 Murder Mystery Weekends which saw Paul play a drunk butler (great training for ‘Noises Off’) an Irish priest, a war time pub publican, and many more.
Now as the owner of a very busy training and consulting company for small business, Paul spends a high percentage of his time presenting workshops and seminars locally, nationally and internationally.
Those that know Paul well simply say “Give him a microphone and an audience and you can’t shut him up”.
Despite all of this background, Paul says that Noises Off has been one of his biggest performance challenges. “There’s so many places to be and so many characters to consider, I’m not sure who I am for most of the show” he said. “Selsdon pretty much relies on other people to make sure he’s in the right place at the right time. The way I hopefully make that look real is actually nothing to do with talented acting, it’s because it IS real”.
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