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One of the meanings of the name Wayne is craftsman, and talking to Wayne Scott Kermond I can’t help but see the coincidence of it. Wayne will soon visit Tassie with ‘Around the World in 80 days’ and he is definitely a craftsman in the form of a show business all-rounder, While Wayne has close friends in Hobart he is looking forward to catching up with he’s also looking forward to this visit as he’s keen to perform at the Theatre Royal for the first time.

It’s somewhat a shock to know that this will be Wayne’s first major performance in Tasmania. It’s a surprise because Wayne is from a theatrical family that boasts four generations of Tivoli actors and Wayne’s parents spent quite a bit of time in the 60’s and 70’s performing at Wrest Point. As a youngster, Wayne joined them on their travels in the 70’s and 80’s when they performed at constitution dock, The Theatre Royal and corporate events.

Wayne’s mum and dad are highly skilled in theatre arts and always emphasised to him their career philosophy that the more skills one had the better work opportunities and Wayne took their word becoming an accomplished triple threat plus, not only does he sing, dance (including tap) but he’s also a fine proponent of slap stick comedy and acrobatics which makes him an all-round vaudeville performer although he humbly refers to himself as ‘a jack of all trades’. Wayne has created a production that brings his own story to life.

The Vaudeville background is the right foundation for acting in this production of ‘Around the World in 80 days’ because as Wayne tells me the pace is relentless, it just doesn’t stop. The cast of three (Wayne, Ian Stenlake and Pia Miranda) play 20 to 30 characters.

With such a talented individual at the other end of the phone I can’t resist asking Wayne were there ever any other career aspirations. He tells me that when he was sixteen he did a pilot apprenticeship but an epiphany he felt while standing in a theatre ended that bid. I cannot help but think that with his ability to fly as an acrobat there was no need for the apprenticeship.

You can see ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at The Theatre Royal on

Fri 18 Aug 2017 7:30pm

Sat 19 Aug 2017 7:30pm