Since its creation by renowned Russian clown Slava Polunin in 1993, 'Slava's Snowshow' has played to millions of people in more than 30 countries and 120 cities including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.
It is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to circus and the show brilliantly creates a world of wonderment and fantasy that transports the audience to a joyous dream-like place, where a bed becomes a boat in a storm-tossed sea; a woman is wrapped in cellophane and becomes flowers in a vase; a child walks in amazement inside a bubbles. Derek Scott is an instrumental part of the team of performers and first came to Australia for Expo 88 and then stayed.
Describe the show in 5 words?
Dreamlike, child, alive, journey, potato.
Describe your part in this production?
Most harrowing onstage moment?
When I was asked to play the lead role for the first time without ever rehearsing the show.
When did you realise that a career in the arts was your calling?
When I failed at math, but made my class laugh when the teacher left the room.
How enjoyable has it been to be involved with this production?
Inspirations — who/ what influences you the most?
Life. Slava. Mom. Potatoes.
What do you want audiences to say as they leave?
Wow, wow, wow! Do you remember where we parked?
What kind of training do you need to have to be able to be part of this?
Life and potatoes.
Anything else readers should know?
This show has the ability to transform, to make you lighter.
Why should people escape their home caves to come see this performance?
Because if they don't, they have to put up with their friends who DID go see it saying to them for years, ‘Oh, you should have seen this show, it was magical, you really missed something special’.
'Slava’s Snowshow' plays at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from June 26-30.