Dudley Sutton on playing Of Mice and Men's Candy

Dudley Sutton on playing Of Mice and Men's Candy

15 March 2016

Interview: 'It is a tender and moving story of decent humanity', Dudley Sutton on his current role in Of Mice and Men.

Dudley Sutton on stage as Candy in Of Mice and MenTell us about your character Candy?
Candy is virtually an orphan with only his dog for company: he has been a casual labourer for many years, always in fear of being fired - given the can

What do you think your character represents in the play?
Vulnerability and decency

What do you think happens to Candy after the story ends?
He will soon die in the poverty in which he has spent most, if not all, of his life

How did you get into acting? Did you have any previous aspirations?
Since early school, youth clubs, the RAF, I was always keen to get on an am dram stage. I tried work once but it didn’t suit.

You’ve had an extensive career, what’s been the highlight?
Always the present job

What advice do you have for people writing poetry on loneliness for our current project?
Keep it simple: like a cabinet maker, keep honing off the unwanted bits 

Why should audiences see Of Mice and Men?
It is a tender and moving story of decent humanity with tremendous political resonances for today's Britain under predatory market capitalism. Of Mice And Men offers hints of what will become Monsanto, where giant Agri-companies take over and destroy the lives of thousands of now disposable human beings. The final result is the copyrighting of GM.

Of Mice and Men premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it runs from 4 to 13 February 2016. It then tours to Cheltenham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Oxford and Leicester where it concludes on 28 May.