Off Stage

Always in the Spot-light

Italian actor, technician and director Andrea Buzzetti.
Italian actor, technician and director Andrea Buzzetti.PHOTO: LA BARACCA - TESTONI RAGAZZI

Italian actor, technician and director Andrea Buzzetti will perform in two upcoming children's shows with children's theatre company La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi for Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay's children's festival, Octoburst!, which takes place from Friday to Sunday .

Buzzetti, 35, co-wrote and will perform in Casa, about an encounter between a grown-up and a child; and Spot, a tale revolving around a stage light.

Both shows are suitable for children aged between two and five.

How did you get into theatre?

My first experience of theatre was at 11 years old at a workshop in my secondary school. I met Mr Roberto Frabetti, one of the founders of La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi then. He taught me a very good general concept of theatre.

In 2001, after my studies, La Baracca asked me to join them and I'm still working with them.

  • BOOK IT / CASA

  • Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

    When: Friday, 2pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 11am and 4pm

  • SPOT

  • Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

    When: Friday, 11am and 4pm; Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 2pm

    Admission: $20 a ticket or twin package for both shows at $18 each for four tickets

    Info: esplanade.com/octoburst

How tough is it to create a show for kids as opposed to adults?

Children are truthful and honest. If they like a performance, they stay and follow you. If they don't like the performance, they stand up and walk away.

What do you do when children cry or fidget a lot during a show?

I will direct my focus on other children in the audience and wait for the earliest opportunity to continue with the show.

What are some of your pre-show rituals?

Before the start of a show, we put our hands on the buttocks of our colleague and we say "s**t" three times.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on stage?

In Austria, in 2005, a father put his child on stage during a performance and he took a picture of us with his child.

Have you ever accidentally used a swear word while performing?

A lot of times. But I'm Italian, so I can salvage the situation by saying a string of other words.

Have there been any technical difficulties during a show?

Yes, during one performance of Spot, Spot (the stage light) itself went off because of an electrical problem. I went behind the curtain and started to cry and said: "Oh my God, Spot has died."

Thankfully, after one minute, Spot came back on and the show was brilliant.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Always in the Spot-light'. Print Edition | Subscribe