I have a long history with The Rocky Horror Show and April 26th, 2016 marked my 1000th performance of the show. While that seems like a lot – it was spread out over several years, several countries and several casts. I even managed a few different roles along the way. You will find me adding to this number for the remainder of 2016.
April 28, 2016
Backstage with Riff Raff – 365 Docobites!
I recently had the privilege of welcoming Epiphany and Carl – the creative team behind 365 Docobites – into my dressing room at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. 365 Docobites is a project where they produce a mini documentary about a stranger ever single day of the year! If you haven’t checked out their brilliant videos you can find them here. http://365docobites.com I was lucky enough to have them hangout with me as I got into my Riff Raff make-up before a performance of The Rocky Horror Show. The video is posted below. Enjoy!
June 17, 2015
I was whipped 1976 times!
I’ve just finished playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for the Auckland Theatre Company. During the season I was whipped approximately 1976 times. I say approximately as occasionally one of the whippers would slip on some dry-ice residue and miss me completely. This always made my day as those whips bloody hurt! Note: During the season I have been asked “Did those whips hurt?” approximately 97 times (but who’s counting).
Jesus Christ Superstar was a dream job for me and I would have been more than happy playing Apostle number 13 (if only he had existed), but luckily for me I ended up playing the big fella himself, which was a huge and very fulfilling challenge. I only hope I get to play the role again someday – 56 performances just wasn’t enough.
Photo by Greg Bowker
One of the reasons I was so keen to take any part in this production was that in recent years I have seen similar shows in New Zealand that broke all the rules. I thought they were incredibly edgy and I desperately wanted to be a part of them. My hope was that JCS would also be one of these productions – and it didn’t disappoint. New Zealand is isolated from much of the world and as a result I think it’s considered an underdog when it comes to theatre. However, my theory is that this isolation gifts NZ theatre makers with the freedom to push boundaries to their limits and make brave decisions that may not have been possible in a more commercial market.
Although I’m not in a position to give an unbiased opinion about JC Superstar, I can safely say that it was the most untraditional production of this show that I’ve seen and at times I felt like I was in some graphic and gritty Tarantino film. What excited me about this is that it made me look at the show in a completely new way. This is due to the creative team and the vision of Oliver Driver, whose perspective and direction has been influenced by a hatred of those cheesy musicals that have given musical theatre a bad name. I tried to explain to Oliver that not all musicals are cheesy, but I’m not sure he believed me. In future I will use his own production against him to win my argument. Leon Radojkovic’s take on Andrew Lloyd Webbers score was a work of genius. He managed to turn a 44 year old score into something that sounded like it was written this year. It was so current it made my brain hurt.
While it isn’t my intension to review my own show, it is my intension to give credit where credit is due. There were over 40 people working on this production. I witness some amazingly talented singers conquer one of musical theatres most challenging scores. Finally one of the main things that made this production a joy to work on was that they were one of the most drama free groups of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with – not an ego in sight. Congratulations to the Auckland Theatre Company also to New Zealand – you are definitely doing something right! Until next time,
PS: I’ve been asked about Cookiegate approximately 485 times and I have a feeling I may be asked about it for years to come. (Note: Apologies to those not familiar with Cookiegate! It’s regarding a not very well kept secret where I had a awful reaction to some food that was sent as a gift to me on opening night. Luckily I have a strong constitution!)
December 29, 2014
Many of you have been asking what I’m doing now that the Australian tour of Rocky Horror has finished. I can now announce that for the latter part of 2014 I’m going to be back in New Zealand playing Jesus in the Auckland Theatre Company production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
(I’ve already been asked who is that on the poster…I have no idea!)
I’m incredibly excited to be working for Auckland Theatre Company again. I played Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for them a a while back. I was also lucky enough to see their production of Chicago last year which was the best version I have ever seen – I’ve been raving about it to anyone who would listen ever since. I will try my best to update you with news as it comes.
This does of course delay my return to the UK, but how could I say no to such a brilliant opportunity.
Lot of love
August 1, 2014
Hello and welcome
This section is my blog of sorts – something a bit more personal. A place for me to pin up or note down anything that interests me. Hopefully this will give those interested a bit more insight into the things that excite me beyond the current show I’m in. It’s safe to say I have a passion for acting, but aside from that there are an array of other creative endeavours that I gladly give my time to. My aim is to keep this page up to date with those projects. This could be anything from a new piece of art, my latest design, or perhaps a new theatre project. If you would like any further information please feel free to drop me a line.