Apart from brief forays in youth and middle-age, my serious interest in drama began in 2011 when I was living in London and took acting courses and appeared in fringe theatre and short films. Since moving back to Edinburgh I have concentrated more on writing and directing works for the stage. I have stopped acting in theatre and although I am open to offers from film I do not expect to act again.
This section looks at my productions 2018-2019. For current or future work see the home page and for earlier work, see 2015-17 and
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
My one-woman play, Sunset ran for eight performances in the Edinburgh Fringe. First produced at the King's Head Theatre in London in 2013 with Carolyn Lyster, I revised the text to bring it from California, where it was originally set, to the UK. I was honoured to have Maggie Macleod portray the grandmother at the end of a long day. Only one reviewer came, but gave it four stars.
Details on arberyproductions.co.uk. We are planning to take it on tour in small theatres in Scotland in 2020.
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; some critics were less enthusiastic. Details on
FILM ACTOR AWARD
I 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.
The reviews above 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 in a theatre.
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.
2-act drama adapted and directed by Naomi Wallis-Ryder for EGTG
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.
PORTRAIT OF A PAINTER
90-second film written and directed by Euan Gilmour for Beyond Studios
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