I realised I don’t very often talk in too much detail about my work on here so I thought, having just returned from the Middle East, I’d share a little bit of it with you.
An actor’s life is turbulent and not always plain sailing when it comes to planning the next job in this business we call show. Sometimes there are a few things on the cards, other times there is nothing to choose from and you are required to make your own work. Oftentimes something will just come out of the blue, unexpectedly, requiring some quick thinking and planning.
Last December I very happily signed on to be a part of a UK and Middle Eastern tour of Macbeth and we began rehearsals on the first working day of 2014, January 2nd. We started with two weeks of rehearsal which included a table reading, where the cast read through the entire script on the first day, followed by staging, learning material and choreographing the fight scenes in the days and weeks after. Towards the end, and in the days running up to opening night, we entered ‘tech’ where the lighting, sound and other technical layers are added.
I play Banquo, Macbeth’s loyal right-hand man and close friend who supports him in battle, before (spoiler alert) being brutally murdered amidst Macbeth’s insecurities and plot to rise to the throne as King of Scotland.
‘Sometimes’ the Producer will work hard!
The cast need downtime like anyone else, and at a late late stop-off at a service station, this is most definitely necessary!
After opening briefly outside of London we visited some beautiful venues around the UK before jetting off to start the first leg of our Middle-Eastern tour, in Muscat- in the Sultanate of Oman.
Keeping fit and healthy is important on a hard touring schedule. ‘Hardcore training’ with our resident fitness instructor, “Harry Stone Actor”.
Myself and a few others get quite bloody in this production and so, much to the amusement of the rest of the cast, a good skin-care routine is also a must! More face products than Amy at the moment!
Next blog up- the Middle East! See you there.