Every year we make resolutions, and every year we stick to them more or less. Well at least that's what I do. Each year since leaving drama school I've told myself this year I will make something happen. Each year 12 months have managed to slip by without me being as proactive as I'd like. So this year I thought I'd publicly commit myself - even if writing this post is the equivalent of whispering my intentions whilst walking down Oxford street on sales day...
So two weeks ago the journey began with me in Glasgow feeling inspired after having enjoyed A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Òran Mór. I decided to go looking for somewhere to browse for scripts. I found myself stumbling into the office of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland where the incredibly helpful Jackie, Fiona and Keira were very happy to listen to my ramblings and then suggest some scripts from their library which I then spent the next 40 minutes reading on a sofa outside of their office.
I found some possibilities, I bought some scripts. I returned to London
I read one of the possibilities to my girlfriend, housemate and her boyfriend over beer and pizza. Afterwards we went to the pub and coming home feeling full of courage I applied to see the rights were available. Isn't this how all the great adventures must have been conceived?
What I found more amazing than the fact my email was both spelled and punctuated correctly was that not only that the rights were available, but that they were available to me. This was a big moment. The first time someone has ever said "yes, you can perform my show."
So cutting to present day - I have expressed my definite interest in producing the show. I still need to pay the advance to actually reserve the rights, and I still need to find a venue and director. Once I've completed at least one of these tasks I'll announce the details of the show.
That's all for now.
Upon telling people I'm an actor, I'm often asked what kind of actor I wish to be, what would be my perfect role? This is a question I find very difficult to answer. I'm still very young in my career (I hope to be young in my career for many years to come), so I still want to do it all. I'm not yet at the point where I'm able, never mind want, to narrow myself down to a genre, or specific role.
And then I go and see a show like Posh at St. Martin's Theatre and realise that I do in fact have a very clear idea about the kind actor I wish to be, the kind of roles I want to play. I want to tell stories that have an effect on people. Over post show drinks, long after we'd finished discussing what we though technically of the show e.g. performance, direction, etc, we were still talking about the class system in this country. How a situation getting out of control is not just restricted to the privileged, but how the the privileged have greater means at their disposal to evade the repercussions. I would then play devil's advocate with the suggestion that given the opportunity to avoid justice, how many people would honestly face the consequences if they didn't have to? And we'd all chew over that for a while. Then, as I write this, I have the idea that money can bring out both the best and the worst in people - so the performance I've seen tonight has been the genesis of yet another avenue of though.
But I'm not so sanctimonious as to only want to be in a performance which is socially moralistic or politically themed. Any story will do that makes people laugh or cry or think about something in a different way or even just forget themselves for a while. The latter should never be simply dismissed. During my father's final weeks in a hospice I sat by his bed watching a film whilst he slept. I can't remember what film it was, but it's probably a fair guess that it had guns, explosions and car chases. For that 90 minutes I was able to forgot that I was sitting next to my terminally ill dad, I had a brief reprieve from the pain and the grief.
So I may not yet have the perfect role in mind, but pour yourself a drink, pull up a pew and let me tell you a story. Hopefully it will give you something to think about long after I'm gone.
Just caught the last couple of awards. Was really inspired by Stephen Fry's hosting of the event. His closing speech epitomises why I want to be an actor.
One day - I can only dream -one day.
I've just returned from a tour of the Park Theatre organised by the S.E. branch of Equity. Boy am I glad that finally decided to get out of bed on this cold February morning. Such an inspiring mix of philanthropy and performing arts has left me buzzing so much I'm finding it hard to sit still and not just dance round my living room.
At the moment, the theatre is still a building site, but it's due to open at the end of this year. I for one can't wait and am already trying to work out how to find myself in a production there.
For more info see their website.
Press night tonight of A Respectable Wedding at The Waterloo East Theatre.
I'd like to welcome you to my new site. My aim here is to let the world know what I'm up to and to keep you all informed where I can be seen and when.
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