By Nan Mackenzie
BEFORE Daniel Day Lewis started filming The Last of the Mohicans he spent six months in the wild teaching himself to build a canoe and trap and skin animals.
Michelle Williams when cast as Marilyn Monroe in the movie My Week with Marilyn tied a belt around her knees for a month to get the famous Monroe strut just right.
Robert De Niro got a taxi licence for his role in Taxi Driver and when on break while filming the actor drove around New York City in a cab.
No measures quite as extreme as these will be necessary when Kathleen Ruddy goes into rehearsals for her new play Spare Ribs. The main skill she has to acquire is the art of sausage making as her character runs a butcher shop and is renowned for her prize winning sausages.
So what better place to learn than at the Kolios butcher shop in Paphos? Here Ruddy not only entertained shoppers and staff, but after much hilarity produced a reasonable facsimile of a sausage.
Spare Ribs premiers in Paphos on Wednesday October 1 at Crown Resorts Coral Bay and runs there until Friday October 3. On Saturday October 4 the venue will be the Pissouri Amphitheatre, with the final performance on October 5 at the Paphos Ancient Odeon. Tickets: 99 908434, 99 069074