Ekow Quartey (Dylan)

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I think that humans will always survive. You can't just so 'oh, let’s give up.' That's not what humans do. We don't do that.

INTERVIEW series five

Could you introduce yourself and the character you're playing?

I'm Ekow Quartey, and I'm playing Dylan. Hot-headed. 'Hot-headed Dylan', who just wants to help. This is my first time with Big Finish. And it's amazing. A lot of fun. I'm really enjoying it.

So, are you a sci-fi geek? Do you like post-apocalyptic dramas? What appeals to you?

I love the otherworldliness and I love the writers' creativity in sci-fi

Ekow Quartey

It wouldn't be fair to call myself a 'sci-fi geek'. I love the otherworldliness and I love the writers' creativity in sci-fi: that ability to create another world, which, when you look and the ins and out of it, is all real. That's what I love. When someone has the ability to create something so complicated as our world is – but otherworldly. Those are the kinds of things that blow my mind: when otherworldly is no longer otherworldly, if that make some kind of sense?

I've heard pretty much universal praise for the script of this episode, The Angel of Death.

It is so, so good. This is my first 'radio' play, and the writing – you just want to perform it. It makes it easier to find your character's voice. It just comes out and you can hear the other actors. That's credit to the actors as well as to the writers. You hear these people, you hear the environment, and you hear what's going on. There's a whole other world that this story is part of, which comes through the words. Yeah, it's really, really good.

Was it an easy process to 'find' the character of Dylan?

When I was first reading it, I was finding it hard to find this angsty kid who, like it says, 'just wants to help, but is angsty'. No matter how much you’ve reading you've done beforehand, you don't hear the other voices that are going to be speaking to you. But it's so easy, when you hear the other voices in the room. These are quite commanding characters who are clearly in a hurry to get things done; whereas Dylan is always making jokes, he's always undercutting what's going on in the scene. That makes it quite fun, and it makes it easier once you realise 'actually, it's not that he's angry at the world, he just wants to mess around.'

With this script, because the writing is so good, it tells you who you are. It tells you your function in the group. You know who you are and what you are to this world. The script lets you know what's going on in his head. I think that makes it that much easier. I think it pushes you in the direction that you should be going. I read it, and read it again and again, and it just says who you are. There's a big reveal of his backstory, so I don't have to find that - which is helpful.

Do you think, for him, that that's a bit of defence mechanism? If it's scary, if he makes a joke, maybe it's not so scary?

It's too much for him to think about these huge things in the world. So Dylan makes noise. Unhelpful noise

Ekow Quartey

It's completely a defence mechanism. Speaking personally, I was really shy as a kid. And my natural reaction was to talk. To just talk, and keep talking. If you keep talking, no-one will ever find out that you're shy, and you never have to endure a silence. When you grow up, you learn more about yourself in that silence. I just made as much noise as possible, so that people would hopefully just go 'oh, Ekow is here.' And that's like Dylan. It's too much for him to think about these huge things in the world. So he makes noise. Unhelpful noise.

Despite that, Dylan is not someone who gives in in the face of danger, is he?

I think even with the bleakest situation, someone will be fighting. And it just takes one person. It is like when Abby is travelling from town to town to warn people, to say 'you need to know that this is happening'. At first, we're a little like 'no, I don't know what you’re talking about.' But when you see the threat, you want to survive. We have this thing that we come together, we band together, to fight this thing, whatever it is. And you can’t just so 'oh, let’s give up.' That's not what humans do. We don't do that. We have to survive. We have it built into us to survive.

 

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