What’s your name, where you come from and who do you play?
My name’s Max Kinder, I’m originally from Winchester and I’m playing Lysander.
What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think my first theatrical experience was playing a cat in a primary school nativity production of Babushka. I don’t remember much except sitting at the edge of the stage and occasionally purring.
What was your first experience of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
I remember reading a shorter, illustrated version that my parents got me when I was nine. Although I initially didn’t understand the entire plot, I loved all the fantasy elements and magical creatures.
What’s the main part of the production or process that you’re most excited about discovering?
It’s probably the puppetry work that we’ve been working on. I don’t think I can say too much about it for now, but they’re not your typical puppets and the interactions between puppets and actors is both visually awesome and utterly hilarious.
Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I really love Peter Quince. He’s always trying to keep his company together and produce his play to the best he can. Not easy when you’ve got Bottom trying to take control at each turn.
What is your favourite play?
Violence and Son by Gary Owen.
Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Right now, it’s Donald Glover. He’s created in so many different industries – acting, writing, music – and I respect anyone who’s able to tell stories and express themselves in diverse mediums.
If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
What’s your favourite colour?
What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
I once dreamt that I formed a band with Star Wars characters and played Blues Brothers songs. Nothing like Han Solo singing “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”.