Gracious, doesn’t time fly!?
Well I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend. Might I say, though, that while you were drinking Pimms from Union Jack plastic cups, I was hard at work!
No, not that terrible 9-5 stiff collar kind of work – that’s so 2010! I was, once again, working with the wonderfully inventive puppetry geniuses at Rough Magic Theatre, who brought me on board for two Street Theatre shows to celebrate the Jubilee.
Some theatre types go all sneer-y at the idea of Street Theatre but I’m an equal-opportunity thespian: I don’t discriminate! My job as an actor is to create characters and take audiences on journeys. You don’t need a theatre stage to do that. Plus, street theatre is tremendous fun!
First up was a brand new improv show called “Fred Fettler’s Pony 3000: The Transport of the Future!”, in which I played the eponymous Mr. Fettler – inventor extraordinaire.
It was a great show which attracted fantastic crowds of onlookers and victims volunteers. It was described by some as “Monty Python meets the Goodies”, which is a pretty good description of the show. Madness, it was: utter madness – in the best possible British tradition of absurdity.
The show took place over a day on the 2nd of June, as part of the Bentham leg of “My Last CarNival” – an event that highlighted a future without the motorcar, using art installations, music and theatre.
My second street show was an extension of Rough Magic’s “Alice in Wonderland”. I took thier “Mad Hatter and the March Hare” puppetry rig on a tour around a mass Jubilee picnic. I was even knighted by the “Queen”! Images below.
I attended the inaugural meeting of the North Lancashire and Cumbria branch of Equity a couple of weeks back. It’s a campaigning branch that has already been responsible for successfully lobbying the return of The Dukes Theatre’s Play in the Park show – before the branch was even official!
It’s wonderful to get involved with Equity. Not only does it give you a feeling of community within the industry, but it also allows actors to take more control of their careers and opportunities. If you’re an actor, I encourage you to join and get stuck in!