After a frantic few weeks of rehearsal and revision, “Officer Buckle and Gloria” finally went before audiences in West Yorkshire at the end of June.
Amidst sweltering heat and occasional torrential rain, I donned a fat suit and baked in the name of my art. Jumping around, running about and performing pratfalls is a bit of a challenge when you’re lumbered with a belly the size of Texas – subtle it was not (fun it was)!
But Gloria is now resting comfortably in her basket and I’m thin and trim once more, eager to push forward into my next project.
Which will be? Ah, well that’s the thing: you never can tell.
I’m due to return as Fred Fettler in Rough Magic Theatre’s street show “Fred Fettler’s Pony 3000: the Transport of the Future” in late August and early September.
I can also announce that I’ve been commissioned to write a brand new stage play for a theatre company in York – all a bit hush-hush but I’ll be back with more news on this soon. I’m going to be writing and sketching out the script later in the year, with “mood” scrap books and character breakdowns already under way.
On the performing front, however, I’m searching out new roles and new challenges going forward. I’ve found the screen acting course I’ve been doing in Manchester recently (see posts below) to be invaluable in this regard. It’s been extremely helpful in fine-tuning my screen presence and I look forward to taking these new skills into auditions through the rest of the year. I’ll be doing a whole blog on screen acting soon so keep a weather eye out!
So meetings, contacts and auditions will be filling up my calender in the months ahead. Stay tuned!
Tim Austin is an actor, writer and Dramaturg based in both London and North Yorkshire, UK. Take a look around the site to find out more.