Othello is my dream role - Aubrey Poo

Fans of SABC3 soapie Isidingo were devastated when 'Pastor Gabriel' was written out of the show.

But, actor Aubrey Poo can count a whole range of achievements on his resume, from starring in local soap operas and drama series to singing on stages across the US.

Phemelo Motene speaks to the prolific actor about his career and future plans on Weekend Breakfast Profile.

How did he land the role of Curtis in the Broadway musical hit 'Dreamgirls', to become the only South African in the cast of the US production?

I did it here and built such a strong relationship with the creative team from abroad, come the time for them to do a tour around the US, they couldn't find anybody available there.. they said, oh there's a guy in South Africa who's played it.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

Poo jokes that he packed his best wardrobe and ordered the best wine to dispel old myths about South Africans.

Just to let them know that we have a bit of distinction.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

It was an amazing time, I think I saw the length and breadth of America on somebody else's ticket.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

After such a varied career, what does Aubrey Poo still have in his sights?

I want to direct, I want to produce.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

He says he's already acquired the rights to a musical, a genre close to his heart considering the history of South Africa.

I think what South Africa's denied the majority of our people in this country, is to tell them stories within the genre of musical theatre that reflect 'them'.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

Poo says if circumstances in South Africa were different for actors, he would give up television roles to focus on the theatre.

And the perfect stage role for him?

I'd play Othello, I think it's my dream role.

Aubrey Poo, Actor

Photo from Aubrey Poo's Twitter account

For more of Poo's conversation with Phemelo Motene, listen here:


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