After endless sold-out shows and glowing reviews around Oz, EMPIRE is skipping town and moving on!
But before our insanely talented bunch of performers say konnichiwa to Tokyo, we thought we’d say goodbye to everyone’s favourite finale act, 3D Graffiti Guy. We spent a little time with the man himself Memet Bilgin Rigolo to get one last glimpse behind the spiegeltent curtain before it falls in Melbourne (only to rise again in Japan).
How did you get involved with the talented folk at Spiegelworld?
I got headhunted. I wasn’t looking for a job at that point and just got a phone call asking if I’d be interested.
Can you tell us a little about your role as 3D Graffiti Guy with EMPIRE?
3D Graffiti Guy is not really the kind of person I am naturally, so I’ve had to work extra hard to develop and inhabit that character. He’s cocky and arrogant and kind of voyeuristic. He has a kind of look-but-don’t-touch attitude about him – loves the ladies.
Now that the Oz tour is coming to a close, what will you miss most about Australia?
The weather and the really good friends I’ve made along the way.
And what will you miss about being part of the awesome EMPIRE cast and crew?
It’s exactly like a family. You have people you’re closer with than others. But in the end, it’s your little family and you are cosy and familiar with them. It’s a journey we’ve all embarked on together.
What is your favourite city in the world?
Istanbul is possibly it. However, I’m not saying I’d like to live in my favourite city in the world.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt about yourself from being part of EMPIRE?
I never thought I could inhabit a role like 3D Graffiti Guy, but I feel so comfortable doing it now. It has changed my concept of what is comfortable and what is merely unknown.
Why should people go to see EMPIRE before it leaves town?
It’s a great show in a great venue. Why miss it?
EMPIRE’s final season in Melbourne must end 11 May. Make your way to the spiegeltent on the Crown Rooftop to witness the spectacle before it closes!