Až Benfield-Clarke

Drama and Film Studies - BA (Hons)

My name is Až Benfield-Clarke and I’m a graduating Drama and Film Student alongside Carlos Pinhao.  We created this piece to highlight the themes of sadomasochism and sexuality within French playwright Jean Genet’s The Maids.  We were influenced particularly by absurdism and the extreme power dynamics within Genet’s plays. This is a piece that I particularly am passionate about as the depth and themes within the play are gritty and dark, and absurd fantasy, whilst also being true to the mundane nature of reality. 

I have always loved theatre and performing so being able to combine my passions for both acting and filmmaking.  Through realising ‘Hurry Up!’, I have created a standalone piece which not only explores themes that are risqué, but also shows my strengths as an actor and was a pleasure to create.  I hope to one day be an actor working in both theatre and film, doing what I love.