Please describe yourself as an artist in one
An actor, writer, director, maker of new work who loves to
collaborate on the rehearsal floor.
Life on steroids.
What is your favourite book?
O come on! One book? I always have three on the go. Books are a
relationship, sometimes you love the thing and then you have a
falling out. Then you come back to it later and have a great
make-up read. No one book stays my favourite. I've never read the
same book twice. I can't stand it.
What is your favourite play? Favourite
O come on! One play? Ok, The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Hence
Brecht. Because it's mad, theatrical, nonsensical, cruel, funny,
moving and utterly human.
If you weren't an actor/director/writer, what would you
A postman. Less stress.
What is your favourite way to indulge?
I love to cook and share the proceeds. It's delicious, creative,
relaxing, sensual and people really like you if it's good.
If you could be anyone from throughout time, who would you
O come on! One person? I like Simon McBurney's life (Artistic
Director of Theatre de Complicite). Charles Darwin is a hero, a
brilliant innovative thinker who used observation to find the
truth. David Attenborough, gets to observe, study and film
extraordinary natural beauty, AND be on TV!
What inspires you?
Inspiration. In people.
When/why/how did you get your start in
I played the rear end of a pantomime donkey in the Kenton Youth
Theatre production of Puss in Boots when I was 10. My mum
made me go. The director noticed my talent.
What do you do to unwind on weekends?
Cook, read, fish.
Who would you love to work with (dead or
Simon McBurney (see above), Brecht, Robert Lepage.
If you had an unlimited budget for a creative pursuit, what
would you do with it?
I would create new devised work with an ensemble of gifted creative
actors, designers and musicians. On show every two years.
Do you ever get sick of theatre?
Last meal on Earth?
Beef Burgundy, with a French burgundy then two soft and two hard
cheeses. Or La Grande Bouffe. Eat until death.
What was your favourite STC show?
The Lost Echo. Breathtakingly bold.