NAMES: Finn O’Branagáin + Scott Sandwich // ROLES: Writers + Performers
// SHOW: The Epic
What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?
SCOTT: I don’t want to pander to my crowd here (you’ve been a great audience. It’s great to be back in Perth!) but over a decade ago I saw This Blasted Earth: A Christmas Miracle which probably broke my face, artistically speaking. That definitely got me into theatre; imagine 19 year old me discovering the stage could be a place for weird, hilarious, mind-f**ks? Anyway, it turns out Tim Minchin was in that. He has a lot to answer for.
FINN: I always just kind of knew that I’d either write books or make plays, and then I saw this play in Year 12, which was 100 by Christopher Heimann, Diene Petterle and Neil Monaghan for The Imaginary Body. It still is the best play I’ve ever seen. It was simple and masterful transformation and physical theatre, that while unravelling a narrative, encouraged the audience to question their own lives and choices. It was incredible – and I knew I wanted to give other people those kind of experiences. I wanted to make magic too.
I recently found out that they also wrote it while living in three different cities, which seems to be something I do in lots of my projects.
Do you have any unusual rehearsal rituals?
FINN: They’re not quite rituals, but Scott refuses to do vocal warm ups, and I get sick every time we have a show coming up.
SCOTT: Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s the best process, and don’t recommend it, but it works for us.
What song best describes you/your style and why?
FINN: Dig for Fire by Pixies. Because I feel like the lyrics explain my whole life.
SCOTT: Queen’s You’re My Best Friend, Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire, Wings’ Live & Let Die, obviously… wait, what was the question? Karaoke favourites? Yeah. Anything by Fleetwood Mac.
What type of animal would you be and why?
SCOTT: I’m terrified of Great White Sharks but I LOVE Great White Sharks. And I think Killer Whales are the Jerks of the Sea. Not that I believe in it, but if I had a spirit animal, based on what I’ve just said, I guess I’d be some kind of seal?… I also have a strange affinity with the platypus. No reason.
FINN: A christmas beetle because they’re brightly coloured but still a bit scratchy with their little-claw feet and they think they’re so tough but really they’re just tiny bits of rainbow trapped in a bug.
Who would play you in a movie? Why them?
SCOTT: Marion Cotillard.
FINN: Oooh she’s good. Can I choose her too?
SCOTT: Not if we’re in the same movie.
FINN: Ok, we’ll fight for her. The loser can have our back up, Carrie Brownstein, which is still really good.
SCOTT: Oh man, no, I’ve changed my answer: Carrie Brownstein. And Abbi Jacobson. They’d all be better at playing me than I would be.
Do you have any irrational hates or fears?
FINN: We are united against wasps and their arse-daggers. Plus, they have better facial recognition than I do, so if you annoy a wasp, you’ve potentially got an enemy for life. An enemy with an arse-dagger.
SCOTT: I hate pumpkin. So much so that I was only able to have sweet potato for the first time last year. A month ago I was forced to have half a spoonful of pumpkin soup (pumpkin’s most dangerous form) during a house inspection. I did not die, but I did not enjoy it… Suffice it to say, I did not get the house.
FINN: I always forget this and I always offer him pumpkin-related goods.
SCOTT: It’s not funny.
Find out more about Finn O’Branagáin & Scott Sandwich’s The Epic here.