Yes it's true, the actor in me has finally resurfaced with a vengeance and had plenty of fun this year already. Commercials, plays and new-writing projects are happily welcomed back into the fold and I'm loving it. Mind you I always new he'd be back, the need to lie fallow for a while whilst the bouncy young-un in me settled down and stepped aside for the (ahem) slightly more dapper silver fox to arrive was a necessary departure. What's more it gave space for the writer/director in me to gain valuable experience, strike up collaborations and establish himself.
Chapters and seasons. All perfectly natural.
So! What's on the cards now? Well a continuation (and combination) of all the above - which for me is the perfect balance of creative energy. As always the need to nurture my creativity and develop my skills has led me down certain pathways. The beginning of the year saw me taking part in workshops with COMPLICITE and GECKO theatre companies. Both truly excellent experiences and packed with insights to feed both the actor and director within. What's more Simon McBurney's excellent new show THE ENCOUNTER has inspired and infiltrated the new show I'm writing, with it's audio slant playing a large factor. Sadly I had to bow out of GECKO's mini-intensive last month as I was filming a commercial in Madrid, but their new show INSTITUTE was an inspiration and I certainly plan to rejoin at another time if they'll have me back!
February's workshop with the marvelous JAMIE CATTO has also influenced my new show. His work on shadow-self characters were a revelation to me and one I'm keen to dive into more in order to add depth and value to the piece. I've also just returned from the glorious island of Lismore in Scotland, where the SOUNDING AUTHENTIC course (ran by director/facilitator KATH BURLINSON and musician/facilitator MAIRI CAMPBELL) allowed me a safe, supported space to nurture and develop the show in phase one of RnD. Exciting times!
With talks of potential future acting engagements under way I'm buzzing with spring energy and fully open to new opportunities.
Finally, I have a new musical, ,MAELSTROM - LEGENDS OF THE UNDERWORLD in pre-production at present for the fabulous cast at YMTUK, working alongside the uber-talented choreographer DEBORAH GALLOWAY. It premiers at the Lemon Tree Theatre in Aberdeen this August with a 40-strong company of multi-talented artists, and I can't wait.
So, in the spirit of spring and new beginnings - I'd like to open up the channels of collaboration to anyone who'd like to connect (or reconnect) with me as an actor. I'm back, I'm loving it and have a whole new me to offer. Bring it on.. ;)