24 September 2006
I'm very excited to be performing again at The Old Rep because it's a space that works. There's such a difference between performing somewhere that works and somewhere that doesn't. The new Birmingham Rep building seems to put a distance between the actor and the audience. In contrast, The Bristol Old Vic works beautifully and nearly all Frank Matcham's theatres are wonderful - we played a lot of them on the tour of HORRIBLE HISTORIES.
The Old Rep is another fantastic space. It has the two major qualities you need - its own energy and a focus. All great theatres manage to focus your attention exactly where you need it. The Pleasance in London is a prime example of a theatre which doesn't have any innate energy or focus. It makes everything on stage feel a spare. That's why I love playing the St James Cavalier Theatre in Malta - it's a new space in the round that works perfectly. Another new theatre that works very well is The Lowry - and that's one of the biggest theatres in the country, with a capacity of 1700.
I could go on and on - but you'll be pleased to discover I won't!
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