Lots of debate in the world at the moment about having gay actors play gay characters, disabled actors play disabled characters etc. The argument being that actors with lived experience “know” the role better, and also marginalised groups should be offered employment.
I do not agree, I think the point of an actor is to act, and I actually think that insisting that only increasingly small minorities should play particular characters leaves those groups open to being pigeonholed rather than being able to play anything else. I’ve been watching a lot of theatre recently and it’s been interesting that characters are frequently gender swapped now so that theatres can hire good actors regardless of gender, and I like this as an approach to increase representation.
On the other hand, it’s hard to act as an autistic person when you’re not, and neither are the writers, and everyone misunderstands us anyway. Maybe we would be better off at this moment in time to have a rule of aspies playing aspies.
What do you think?