SHORT+SWEET | A short play to really Click with

Liverpool actor Simon  Cabello is performing in Click for the current Short+Sweet short-play festival. He's been a member of prominent theatre group Wingz  Productions for three years and appeared in short plays for the Macarthur  Playwriting  Festivals of 2017 and 2018.

Last year he got a supporting role in the LGBTQ TV pilot Committed and was nominated for outstanding performance by the Sydney Film School for his part in the short Infinity. He's studying Meisner at The Actors Pulse.

Click explores the fear of letting go and the fear of the unknown. It's directed by Alyssa Gillgren. Simon plays an ordinary man and veteran Eaglevale actor Douglas  Baker plays God.

What's Click about? It's a conversation between God and a man who's very close to death after a car accident and it gets its message across with intense and emotional drama. The play deals heavily with the themes of death and spirituality. I personally identify as a Christian so this play does indeed resonate with me on a deep and profound level.

Is a two-hander easier to pull off? Maybe having just two performers means you can have a tighter give and take? Surprisingly, it’s not as easy as I imagined when I first read the script. Indeed, it's much easier dealing with two performers as it lets the actor’s responses be more intimate and allows the chemistry to grow. However the dialogue is extremely minimal, many lines are just one or two words. Not to mention there are 15- and 10-second pauses purposely written between each line of dialogue. So we have quite a challenging script to work with here!

Tell us about your character and his function in the play. He's an ordinary man who's meeting an untimely demise. He's just had a horrific car accident which is going to be fatal and he's been thrown into a void of fear, guilt and confusion. Essentially my character is the archetype of mankind and mankind's longing and desire to connect with a higher power, ultimately searching for comfort and meaning. My character's function in this story is to demonstrate his inability to persevere through suffering and how by reaching out to God unexpected things become possible.

Your favourite line? Considering how the lines here are literally just one or two words, the stand-out "line" for me  is simply “Why?”. It’s a very deep question that he asks in the middle of his suffering.

Growing up in Liverpool brought me out of my shell and gave me the confidence to be comfortable around people and not be afraid to show who I am.

SIMON CABELLO

What will audiences take away from it? I believe they'll begin to get an understanding of God’s unfailing love for man, even through the most difficult of circumstances, and that we're not alone in our suffering.

How did growing up in Liverpool affect you as an actor? Being surrounded by people of all facets of life made me see how we're all so unique and that everybody’s got a story to tell. From when I left school to working in hospitality, growing up in Liverpool has really brought me out of my shell and given me the confidence to be comfortable around people and to not be afraid to show who I am.

To what degree do you find differences tolerated and/or embraced here? I do believe diversity is widely celebrated throughout Liverpool. Wherever you go, no matter where you turn, there's always an array of cultures waiting to greet you at their door. I find there's a great degree of tolerance here.

What are the great contributions of other cultures evident here? There's an abundance of cultural foods and restaurants, fashion, as well as a lot of learning and resourceful facilities, especially in the field of the creative arts.

I hope audiences will get an understanding of God’s unfailing love for man, even through the most difficult of circumstances, and that we're not alone in our suffering.

SIMON CABELLO

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