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.
Hello and a warm welcome to 2013!
It was certainly a hectic end to the year for me, with performances with Rough Magic Theatre taking me right into the tail end of December. I also performed on stage at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster in November for the 2012 Theatre Uncut, with a fantastic monologue that went down a storm.
That said, 2012 wasn’t a break out year for yours truly. I spent much of the year building up my finances and launching a part-time copywriting business to support my acting career. While this took up a lot of my time, it has now set things up admirably for 2013.
So the push is back on: further training, more meeting and greeting, more blogs, more networking, more VideoTim clips and more! I hope to hit the ground running, with more film work and, hopefully, my first TV roles in 2013.
In other news: I’m now the press secretary for the North Lancashire and Cumbria branch of Equity. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I think it’s important to get stuck in and take control of your career, and one of those ways is to become an active member of your local Equity branch.
Even before its official launch, the North Lancashire branch had successfully lobbied for the return of job-creating theatre projects in Lancashire. We’re now working hard to ensure that there are more training opportunities in the North West, now that the Actors Centre in the North has closed its doors. Get in touch with me if you’re interested in getting stuck in with Equity in the North West! You can find more information at http://www.equity.org.uk/.
And finally, I’ll be investigating the possibility of working as a “simulated patient” at a few local hospitals. A question to other actors: have you worked as a Simulated Patient and, if so, have you enjoyed the experience?