This article is from 2009.
Leof Kingsford-Smith locked himself in one room of his family home for four days to get into the mindset of his reclusive character in Unit 46. 'I drove my family mad, they thought I'd finally flipped,' says the Australian actor, laughing.
A hit in at the Fringe in Adelaide and in Sydney, the play presents Tim, an out of work civil servant, and his downstairs neighbour Diane, who was fired from her teaching job. Though he wants nothing to do with the neighbours, she craves their friendship but can only communicate by slipping notes under their doors and banging on her ceiling with a broom.
'Anyone who's ever lived in a flat will be able to identify with what they see,' says Kingsford-Smith, himself a former Edinburgh resident. 'It's funny but there's also a tinge of sadness. If only these two people came out to talk to each other they'd find they had a lot in common.
'Hopefully we’ll inspire people to go home and knock on their neighbour’s door and introduce themselves.'
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