FORMER Vincent deputy mayor Warren McGrath has traded in eight angry councillors for Twelve Angry Men.
Mr McGrath, an environmental consultant who retired from council in October to spend more time with family, is using his new-found free time to star in a local production of the classic teleplay about 12 jurors who must decide the fate of a young man accused of murder (the movie starring Henry Fonda is a cinematic tour de force).
“I wasn’t able to do a lot of [acting] when I was on council, and certainly not in the past couple of years,” Mr McGrath says.
He reckons there’s a lot of parallels between the way jurors convince each other of arguments and the way councillors talk each other around. He admitted to “channelling a few experiences from council” during rehearsals.
One upside of acting compared to his days in office is “once you know your lines you don’t have to read agendas before every rehearsal”.
The troupe is currently busy learning American accents, though Mr McGrath is worried he sounds more Canadian, ay. The play runs at the Melville Theatre throughout May. Dates and bookings 9330 4565.
by DAVID BELL