When Rosie met actors Rob Callender and Dario Coates at the Trafalgar Studios there was a lot to say about Julian Mitchell’s play ‘Another Country’, in which they currently star. As not everything could be included in the broadcast, here is now an extended version of the interview.
The drama portrays the lives of public schoolboys in 1930s Britain and focuses on the characters of Guy Bennett who is based on Guy Burgess and Tommy Judd who is modeled on the Communist and poet John Cornford. Both characters are outsiders and develop a critical view on British society. Burgess was flamboyant, open about his sexuality and later became one of the Cambridge Spies, whereas John Cornford later fought and died in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The play was made into a film which Rupert Everett and Colin Firth in the lead roles; both had also previously been part of the theatre production.
Rob plays Guy Bennett and Dario a boy called Sanderson who supports the school system. Both discuss the effect the rigid school system had on its pupils and Rob reveals what it is like being educated in an all male environment today. They also talk about the appeal of the play, which is even greater now than when Julian Mitchell wrote it in 1981, because of the political changes that have happened since, the current events in Russia and the continuous interest in the Cambridge Spies. ‘Another Country’ opened in Chichester last autumn and now runs at the Trafalgar Studios until 21st June 2014.