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Susan Wilson - Funny As Interview

Susan Wilson - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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Alongside co-starring in classic office comedy Gliding OnSusan Wilson has acted in drama series Pioneer Women and a host of stage roles. This Funny As interview sees her touching on several subjects, including:

  • Still being recognised for her Gliding On role as straight-talking office worker Beryl — which she played for five seasons
  • Feeling lucky she got to play an early feminist role model on-screen — "Beryl usually solved the dilemma of the episode in some way, while all the men just couldn't cope"
  • Lamenting the lack of diverse roles for women in the 1970s: "the girlfriend in the background, or the silly typist with the nail varnish on the desk"
  • Working with playwright Roger Hall at Wellington's Circa Theatre: "He's always been able to capture whatever it is that's important that's going on around us"
  • The  "amazing, genius comedy" of John Clarke, witnessed while acting with him onstage in Wellington

This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy. All audiovisual content is copyright to Augusto, and may not be reproduced. Publication of Funny As extended interviews made possible with funding from the NZ Lotteries Grants Board.