13 May 2011

Workshop with Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley

This week I attended a workshop with the Game of Thrones star, Michelle Fairley, as part of the Cinemagic Dublin festival. The four hour workshop was brilliant, with a lot of incredible and enthusiastic young people.

It started with an in depth warm up, as Michelle walked us through the extensive 40 minute routine she goes through before she goes out on stage or on set. Then after a short break, we were put into pairs and asked to work through  Act 2, Scene 2 of Macbeth - the pivotal scene after Duncan is murdered. This has proved invaluable to me as I have an audition for Macbeth in London next week. Then we were split into groups of four to work through an early scene in Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa - a work I wasn't familiar with but will certainly try to read now.

Finally she answered questions about acting in the industry, mentioning how working in America through her Broadway work and on ...Thrones was different to Britain in both good and bad ways.

She was incredibly approachable and modest for someone who is in the biggest new show on television and it's a credit once again to Cinemagic that they can attract such stellar talent to perform these workshops.

10 May 2011

Playboy of the Western World, Undisclosed, Progressive Building Society and Generous Bank!

This Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th sees the performance in my second run of Playboy of the Western World, this time playing the patriarchal Michael James at the Crescent Arts Centre. The production has been an exercise in sheer efficiency, as we only started rehearsing in earnest last week. The cast and crew, all from Queen's University Players have been fantastic and have brought real life to the piece in an incredibly short amount of time. Colm Doran is directing with help from Rory Knox, Alex Stone, Simon Welch and Adam Turns in the production team. Thomas Finnegan is the title role as Christy , Christina Martin, who I directed in Fast & Loose V, plays Pegeen, Anton Thompson-McCormick is the cowardly Shaun Keogh, Nuala Donnelly is hilarious as Widow Quinn, Terry McCartan plays the drunken letch, Jimmy Farrell, James Maguire courageously stepped in at the last minute to portray Old Mahon and the three girls are played with dynamism by Shauny Shields, Vicki Mohan and Sarah McLaughlin. This is probably my favourite play, so I can't wait to get to play it for another audience. Tickets are on sale from The Crescent's website for £5.

Next week, I have a small part in an upcoming BBC drama, Undisclosed. Starring Life On Mars' Philip Glenister, I'll be playing a prison admin officer who delivers bad news to the protagonist. Although this is only a small part, it'll be a great experience to be able to work among some of the best actors around, and every step on the ladder is a good one, so I'm looking forward to being on set.

Also, if you have been watching UTV Weather in the last week or so, you'll have heard a familiar voice in the advertising wraparounds for Progressive Building Society. Listen out at about 6:25 this evening, just before the mercurial Frank Mitchell announces where the Weather-Watching Camera was today!

Finally, I have been confirmed to be part of Red Lemon's Pick n Mix show, The Generous Bank. Pick n Mix is basically an industry showcase for theatre in Belfast, so to be involved is an incredible opportunity, and one I intend to grasp with both hands.