To be …. Or not to be … an actor

This is funny, and pretty much the way things are for much of the acting fraternity in the UK.
I wonder if it’s like this in the US?

The mindless musings of a nearly jobbing actor.

It’s strange to be writing to the world ….. virtually …. coz talking to large groups of people has been my desire for a long time.

I’m James. And I’m a jobbing (nearly) actor, living (nearly) in London and attending auditions when I get the opportunity.

So far it would be easier to call me creatively unemployed.

I don’t leach off the state, so you don’t have to get offended and stop reading straight away.

I take on temporary posts doing anything to make ends meet. They rarely seem to overlap.

I wanted to start this blog so that I could do two things.

Firstly to chart the meteoric rise to fame and international success of an ordinary bloke from a small town no one will have heard of and secondly to provide a guide for fellow actors and interested parties to the real life goings on within this buisness…

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My Latest Foray ….

My latest foray…

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Rehearsals are in full swing for the forthcoming Theatre Stramash’s production of David Greig’s play ‘Brewers Fayre’ and I’m having so much fun. What an amazing bit of writing.

My role is two fold. That of actor and Movement Director. The play is a multimedia tragi-comedy set on the outskirts of Edinburgh, taking in the trials and tribulations of a family who are finding it near impossible to communicate with each other, while finding more confusion than comfort in their relationships with the world wide web.

The writer provided dynamic, a multi-layered and deeply poignant narrative which allows for loads of play in the rehearsal room because, although he gave a list of characters, he also gives the guidance that the mother of the piece would be played, for the most part, by the audience themselves, with lines projected or made available through some other means … and also deemed it unnecessary to assign any of the lines to any of the characters per se.

The upshot of which is that our version is exactly that … it’s ours … our interpretation of how these words could be shared in order to best serve the storytelling.

The cast and other creatives involved are just as engaged and enchanted as I am with the process, looking forward to opening the show on the 24th of May for the closing week of the Brighton Festival, finishing on June the first.

Every day has been a voyage of discovery piloted by our trusty skipper Sandie Armstrong, a powerful actor and storyteller in her own right.

So, at the moment, I am waking up in the morning with a smile and a spring in my step.

 

Here’s wishing you joy in your endeavours …. and if you are in the area of the south coast of England, come see us … it’s going to be good.

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You could also find out more about who I am and what I do at dodgerphillips.com