Courtesy of Arbery Productions I brought two Venetians - one fictional, one historical; one comic, one serious; a famous trickster and a famous lover - to life at the Edinburgh Fringe. My four-star adaptation of Ben Jonson's
Volpone, first seen at the Fringe in 2017, was
revived as a two-act play. My one-act drama, Casanova Dreaming, about Italy's greatest lover received its premiere at the Fringe. The public enjoyed both productions; critics were not enthusiastic. Details on
FILM ACTOR AWARD
I have received the August Bronze Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film in the Queen Palm International Film Festival for Roy in Kevin Pickering's Close to the Bone.
STAGE ACTOR NO MORE
The reviews in the header come from intermittent appearances on stage during the last six years. I have, however, become increasingly aware of my limitations as an actor in the theatre, where retakes are impossible and which requires intense, uninterrupted focus on a character and an ability to combine speech, expressions, gestures such that the audience is convinced that the character exists far beyond the scene and stage where they momentarily appear. I may be able to convey that in short sequences in a film but do not have the talent to do so night after night on the stage.
I have therefore decided to stop seeking roles on stage. Although I may still take on appearances in film, my creative focus is now on writing for and directing in the theatre.
I am honoured that my play The Report has won the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award and excited by the opportunity to collaborate on new work with dedicated actors in a theatre with a long history of repertory work. Many thanks to the judges.