Actor, Graham Seed is one of the stars of Jonathan Maitland’s political comedy Dead Sheep, currently touring the UK, and he kindly answered some of my questions about the play.
Thank you for talking to Break A Leg, Graham. Tell me about the characters you play in Dead Sheep…
My main character is Ian Gow but I also have cameos as Nigel Lawson and Dennis Thatcher as well as being Minister 3 – one of the chorus.
Did you have a perception of how you wanted to play the characters did you do much research before rehearsals started?
I was lucky enough to be involved in the play from its outset. Jonathan Maitland is a neighbour and we had initial readings in his kitchen a couple of years ago. I always thought it had huge potential and I have been totally committed to taking it on. Playing Ian Gow is the carrot – and that beautiful scene in Act 2 when he expresses his vulnerability. No spoilers!
How familiar were you with the politics of that decade? Were you an avid follower of the various goings on?
I remember the period vividly. I guess I am the right age! I always do a bit of research. Ian Gow pops up on Youtube giving the first to broadcast speech from The House, I warmed to his wit and obvious charm.
What do you think the strengths of this production are?
I love the way the play deals with the concept of loyalty. To a party, to a friend, and to ones partner. All this done in a historical setting with humour.
Digressing to The Archers for a moment, if I may, as that is one of your many career credits – what have your main highlights been of appearing in the drama?
I have too many memories of The Archers to list. When William Smethurst was the editor Nigel Pargetter was in his pomp! Young, silly and infectiously busy. What a privilege it was to play him.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
The play is like a Beaujolais Nouvaux – fresh, pert and a tad frisky!
Thanks to Graham for a great interview, all the best with the rest of the run!