‘My head was exploding with it all’: understudies suddenly thrust into the spotlight

As Omicron wreaks havoc on Australian theatre, there’s a silver lining for up-and-coming actors. But hiring understudies is expensive – and unsustainable

Actor Anthony Taufa was heading out for sushi last Saturday when he got the call. A member of the cast of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Triple X had been pinged as a close contact of a Covid case. Would Taufa be ready to take his place? Tonight?

“My wife said she could tell how stressed I was by the way my hands rose slowly from my hips to my armpits during the call,” Taufa says.

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from Coronavirus | The Guardian
via COVID-19 Alerts

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