2019 was the busiest year to date in my acting career.
In 2019, I performed in three full theatre productions: Othello at the Union Theatre, directed by Phil Wilmott, where I filled the title role. Transposed to the British Raj in India a century ago, this production marked the centenary of the Amritsar Massacre. With excellent audiences, a slew of 4 and 5 star reviews and several nominations for the Off West End Awards, the production was an undoubted success.
My second production of the year was Great Expectations at the Geffrye Museum for Free Theatre UK, again directed by Phill Wilmott, in which I played Magwitch, Joe Gargery and Mr Wemmick. This open-air production was free to watch for the public, with the intention of allowing those with restricted access to theatre and classical literature to be able to experience it in a welcoming and convenient location and atmosphere. Despite some battling with the great British summer, the production was a great success, with lovely reviews all round.
Finally, in December, I performed in a very different production and adaptation of Great Expectations. This was with long time collaborators Theatre Lab Company, in a suitably dark and gothic production at the Playground Theatre, in which I reprised the role of Joe. With 4 and 5 Star reviews across the board, and a short run commendation from the Off West End Awards, this was a third successful production of the year.
Beyond full theatre productions, I filmed a couple of short films for the central film school, recorded some ADR sessions for BBC's Silent Witness, and had a short festival run of a new short play 'If my heart were a camera". I also took part in a couple of R & D sessions for new work, and have other projects in development.
Elsewhere, I continued to develop my roleplay career, with further assessment excercises for the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Prison service, as well as a day filming an assessment video for the Probation Service. Excitingly, 2019 also saw me participate in three different assessment centres for the United Nations.
2019 also saw a wide range of voice projects, ranging from internal instruction videos for Deloitte and training courses for teachers to case studies for the EU and Fender. Elsewhere, I completed 2 years as managing director of Anderson Cavendish Management, with our co-op now stable and thriving after a period of growth and consolidation.
More projects lined up for 2020, with sadly four all wanting the same month's availability, but more news on here soon!