Can you tell us what The Birthday Party is all about and how your character fits in?
The play is set in the living room of a seaside boardinghouse during the 1950s. The play centres around Stanley Webber, a 30 something retired piano player who is living at the boardinghouse with it’s elderly owners. One day, two mysterious men with unclear but certainly harmful intentions arrive and insist upon a birthday party for Stanley. His life is destroyed in the process. I play McCann – One of the “mysterious men” that arrive at the boardinghouse.
The production is touring to thirty seven venues around the UK – what’s it like doing such a long run? How do productions tend to change over that amount of time?
I find long runs very fulfilling, as I am always discovering new things about my character with each performance. Longer runs allow me to enrich the character further and build upon relationships that my character has within the world of the play.
How important is touring theatre?
I believe that touring theatre is very important, especially at the moment. With funding cuts being widespread across the regions, local theatres have come to rely on touring companies, such as London Classic Theatre, to produce quality shows, both in new writing and classics such as The Birthday Party by Pinter.
Do you have any advice for young people thinking about pursuing acting as a career?
I would say that you really have to go to drama school. Your graduating shows are a shop window for you to display your talent to the prospective agents in the market for new graduates. The best school in my opinion is LAMDA, but then I’m biased.