7 Quick Questions for ‘The Inheritance’ Star: Syrus Lowe
“The Inheritance” is a new play by Matthew Lopez that’s making its world premiere at the Young Vic, and we caught up with one its stars, Syrus Lowe.
The play focuses on different generations of gay men in a post-AIDS New York city, and their lives and loves. We had a few questions for Syrus about the play, the gay community and what the whole experience means to him.
1. Did you train in acting, if so where? Is there something from your training that still sticks with you to this day?
I trained at RADA, but went at the age of 23, which for me was the perfect age. You spend a lot of time at drama school working on voice and breathing. Something that has always stuck with me is a saying that, when on stage, “your need to speak should always be greater than your need to breathe”.
2. We’ve asked different actors over the past year, of all of the mediums you’ve worked in, why theatre? What is it about theatre that you love?
I love the energy of an audience, how it is different every performance. You can feel the things that really resonate with them. It is different every night, especially with this show and I love it.
3. How would you describe your character in “The Inheritance”?
I play Tristan who is Eric Glass’ best friend. He is a politically engaged, intelligent, an incredibly loyal friend and whole a lot of fun.
(L-R) Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters. Photo by Simon Annand.
4. The story deals with a group of gay men living in New York – is there something in particular you’ve learned about that community from this experience?
The biggest thing I have learnt is how the AIDS epidemic decimated this community like no other, there is a whole generation of gay men that is now not there. In one sense, young gay men living in New York now don’t know how good they’ve got it. On the other hand, with the increase in anti LGBT hate crime in America, you could say that it is still a very dangerous place for gay men.
5. What has your experience been like working with Stephen Daldry?
The best! Stephen is a genius, good humoured and humbled. He has allowed me to really experiment with my approach to this character and the process. He also created one of the safest rehearsals rooms I have ever been in.
6. How does it feel to be part of an original cast, opening a show for its world premiere?
I remember when I got the job, my agent said that I would be first person to tackle and mould this character, which is very exciting. I am fortunate enough to be with one of the most talented, generous and giving companies I have ever worked with. The nature of this production means that we really have to support each other while on stage and this lovely lot certainly do.
7. What’s the thing you think London audiences will take away from the show?
This is a story about gay men in New York but it’s themes will resonate with everyone from all over the world: the importance of community, love, loss, pain, addiction, heartbreak and hope.
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