Bundy boy a real class act
FOR Paul Caesar, life has rather been about contrasts — perhaps none more so than his transition from Bundaberg railway station porter to acting classmate of superstar Cate Blanchett.
Now Caesar is a successful actor with numerous film and TV roles to his name, as well as being a highly respected coach helping others in the thespian world.
And on Saturday, August 28, he will bring his skills and experience back home for an acting workshop at the Playhouse Theatre.
Caesar said although he was born in Brisbane, he grew up in Bundaberg, where his parents still lived.
He attended school at the Christian Brothers and then at Shalom College for the first year of its existence.
One of the reasons he is coming back to Bundaberg is for the 25th reunion of his school class.
“It’s been 20 years since I left Bundaberg,” he said.
Caesar said his early acting experience was with the Bundaberg Players.
“In about 1981, I was in a Players production of The King and I, and that was the first thing I did with them,” he said.
“After that I was hooked, and there were times I spent seven nights a week at the Playhouse doing acting, directing, choreography and behind-the-scenes work.”
After leaving school, he worked as a railway porter, then auditioned for the demanding National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and won a coveted place. He graduated from NIDA with a diploma, which he later converted to a degree in dramatic art.
Caesar has also experienced the tough times of a professional actor’s life.
“I’ve been out of work more than I’ve been in work,” he said.
“But now I’m doing lots of coaching, helping people prepare for auditions, and I do a lot of teaching at NIDA.”
Caesar said while he loved acting, he was finding himself doing more and more directing.
Bundaberg acting identity Nigel Dick said he was the Bundaberg Players youth director when Caesar started out with the group.
“You could see he had a certain gift,” he said.
Mr Caesar’s exploits can be tracked at www.creativestate.com.au