"They'd be weak alone": Meet DNA's Jan and Mark
Niamh Franklin (Jan) and Elijah McDowell (Mark) delve into their characters from The Young REP's upcoming production of DNA.
Niamh: Jan is someone who needs a plan. She acts like she has power but this isn't actually the case most of the time, and she mainly follows the others but is less obvious about it than Lou.
Elijah: Mark's a bit of a sheep too. He follows Phil's instructions and also goes along with Cathy when she frames the postman. The only main difference between Mark and Jan is that he knows what is happening at the start of every act and it's his job to pass this information on to Jan.
Niamh: Jan and Mark aren't very independent. They're always together which adds a consistency to their lives alongside their chaotic predicament.
Elijah: Yeah, their relationship is crucial because they need each other to seem important. They'd be weak alone like Brian.
Niamh: I think Jan's interesting. Why doesn't she even suggest going to the police? She immediately is asking “what are we going to do?” Then she accepts Phil's plan with no questions. She's only really bothered by Adam's death because it might affect her.
Elijah: Basically our characters' main purpose in the play structurally is to provide information so that the audience know what's going on. Beyond that our characters are just cowards. They are rude, selfish and childish, but are fundamentally simply cowards.
Niamh: Yeah, that's definitely the best word to describe our characters – cowards.
Uncover more about the characters from Dennis Kelly's DNA with DNA Revision Workshop 2 – Characterisation!
DNA plays at The REP 27 Mar – 7 Apr
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