Kwaku Mills will appear in Artistic Director Paul Miller’s rare revival of Bernard Shaw’s early comedy Candida, following his acclaimed productions of Shaw’s Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses at the Orange Tree Theatre.
Kwaku Mills recently starred in Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios, Good Dog and The End of Eddy.
You’re appearing in Candida at the Orange Tree Theatre, what can you tell us about it?
Candida is one of Bernard Shaw’s earlier plays. It’s a comedy about a Victorian woman who must make a bold choice between two men, her socialist husband, Rev. Morell and a free-thinking young poet Eugene.
How would you describe your character?
Rev. Lexy Mill is a young curate and assists Candida’s husband in his parish duties. He is eager and in awe of Morell but quite green, which leads him to make quite a few well-intentioned mistakes.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you so far with this role?
An enjoyable challenge has been researching Victorian life, it’s such a creative, fascinating era.
What excites you the most about this play?
The play’s exploration and subversion of expected gender roles is incredibly exciting – not only for the time it was written, but for today.
What do you admire the most about Bernard Shaw’s writing?
Bernard Shaw was a hugely committed socialist and I love how that passion seeps into his characters. They are strong characters with strong ideas, which is a joy to play.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Candida?
I would say they should come and enjoy a witty, daring, vivid play!
Main Image Credit: Kwaku Mills in rehearsal c. Johan Persson