Thursday, 25 August, 2016

 The actor Rainer Strecker

Before the Inkdeath premiere at the Staatstheater Hannover in 2008, some of you used the opportunity to ask questions to the German actor Rainer Strecker: on his role as Orpheus in Robert Koall's stage adaptation of Inkdeath, but also on his work as an audiobook narrator.

Rainer Strecker in the make-up chair, turning from Rainer into Orpheus


How did you come about getting the role of Orpheus?

Cornelia and I had an Inkdeath reading at the Staatstheater Hannover. After the reading the theatre's artistic director asked me, if I would like to play a part in the stage version of Inkspell.

Did you feel honoured to play Orpheus? Did you always want to do this?

I would never have thought of it. I imagined him kind of abhorrent, but the more different a character is to an actor, the more challenging it is to play. It's an honour to be part of it at all.

Rainer Strecker as Orpheus (© Schauspiel Hannover)
How did you prepare for the role?

I didn't prepare at all. I already knew the story very well. I had to wait for the ideas of the director and the costume designers to combine them with my own ideas.


Do you like the Orpheus from Cornelia's story?

Oh yes, he's a gorgeous creep!

As for your work as an audiobook narrator, how do you decide which voice goes with what character?

The "gorgeous creep" Orpheus (© Schauspiel Hannover)Quite different. You often find hints in the text, like for example "… his voice had the sound of fingers tapping on glass…". Sometimes a face comes to my mind, someone I know or someone I've seen in a film, but sometimes I intentionally leave it open until the moment of recording, and suddenly the voice comes on its own.

Isn't it strange to leave "your own Inkworld" and exchange it for the theatre's version?

That's strange indeed. It's only possible, when you don't compare these two worlds. Only if you compare book and film, you will be disappointed either way. If you consider them as two different things it works. It's the same with audiobook recording and theatre. You can't compare an apple with a pear.

Would you have preferred to play Mo?

I wouldn't have preferred it, but I would have gladly played his role as well. Mo is such a torn and contradictory character, which is always exciting for an actor, but it's similar with Orpheus. He's only that mean because he wants to be loved.

Would you like to be able to read characters/things out of books as well?

Sure, then I would flirt with the beautiful Roxane, enjoy being cooked for by Minerva, and my landlord would make the acquaintance of the fiery spiders. And I would read out Cloud-Dancer before Basta kills him … I guess it would make more sense to read myself into the book than reading out someone.

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