PANTO FEVER WITH RAMBERT ATTARD

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Credits: Jacob Sammut Photography

We’ve seen him in countless pantomimes. We’ve watched him blossom as an actor in numerous productions, most recently Masquerade’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. He’s won the MADC award for Most Promising Actor at the One Act Play Festival 2012, is an ex-semi professional water polo player and is a dead ringer for Christopher Duncan Turk from Scrubs. Rambert will once again grace the stage this month in MADC’s Christmas panto, Treasure Island from the 19th December 2015 till the 3rd January 2016. We caught up with the rising star of Maltese theatre to find out more.

Who is Rambert Attard in the eyes of Rambert Attard?

Can I answer this question with “does anyone know who he is?”, followed by “life is a journey that involves figuring out just that”, finishing off with a bad ass quote?

No? … Damn it, fine.

I guess you could say that I’m a very energetic person. I leave for work at 6.30am, go to the gym after that, and then head to rehearsals, which means that I end up going home at around 11pm at night, so I must get my energy from somewhere! Besides having an incredible passion for the performing arts and the gym, I love making people laugh and being the one who cracks the jokes with my friends. Yes, you might argue that I like being the centre of attention but hey, don’t hate the playa; hate the game. One major character trait that dictates most of my choices is my being a sensitive person. Don’t get me wrong, I can take a joke and I can be strong when I need to be, but I do wear my heart on my sleeve. I cry every time I watch The Princess Bride (but then again, who doesn’t?)

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Credits: Jacob Sammut Photography

 

How were you bestowed the name of Rambert?

My father Romauld insists that he and mum found it in a book of names and wanted my brother Reinhard and I to have original and uncommon names.

How did you stumble upon the world of theatre and performance?

I consider myself very lucky that my parents enrolled me to try different things after school hours. Besides playing water polo with Sirens and Neptunes from the age of 5, I was one of the very first Masquerade students. My registration number is in fact 82! Once I stopped water polo, my best friend Joseph Zammit, who is an amazing all-round performer, pushed me to audition for the Christmas panto in 2009, and the rest is history.

What has so far been your greatest achievement?

Winning Most Promising Actor at the MADC’s One Act Play Festival in 2012.

What kind of roles do you like to explore?

I’ve been told that I have very good comic timing and I feel I’m most comfortable when performing these kind of roles. However, I’d love to explore darker roles. I find these incredibly fascinating and challenging.

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Credits: Jacob Sammut Photography

 

Who are your inspirations?

My family – yes YOU, mum, dad and bro. They’re always by my side to support me at home and never miss any of my productions. Besides guiding me by giving me the necessary tools, guidance, support, and a few punishments, they are my constant inspiration to succeed in life at this adult stage of my life… Apparently, I’m an adult. They are the source of my energy and I love them with every fibre of my being.

What can we expect from this year’s MADC panto?

Awesomeness sandwiched in awesomeness bread with awesomeness filling. Seriously though, we’ve got a star-studded cast, a fantastic and energetic chorus, and the genius of Malcolm Galea’s script and direction. You’re in for a great show! I’m also going to be shirtless because that’s now expected of me in every panto that I do. If that doesn’t motivate you to come, I don’t know what will.

What’s your favourite word?

‘Moist’. For some reason, it scares the beejesus out of some people, and the video below is proof of this.