The actor chatted about being in one-man musical Drip, playing at the Bush Theatre until 22 December 2018.
What is Drip all about for those who haven’t seen it?
Drip is all about Liam and his best mate Caz. For their school’s Project Prize, Caz sets up Hull’s first ever synchronised swimming team and signs Liam up with her…even though he can’t swim. It follows Liam stumbling through this problem with a lot of optimism and plenty of songs.
How do you find being in a one-man musical?
It can be a little daunting but all the same, it’s so much fun. I think the most important thing I’ve found is to keep my energy up throughout so that the audience is always engaged. It’s nice that the show has plenty of songs and moments of audience participation in (spoiler) so it’s always got little exciting twists and tunes for people to get on board with.
What attracted you to the part of Liam initially?
I really like how just nothing seems to knock him down. Fifteen can be a pretty tough age and juggling all the things he has going on at the moment and refusing to give up is really admirable. Also, I’m not a great swimmer either so I totally get it.
What struck you most about the story when you first read it?
I think it’s nice that it’s a show everyone can see a bit of themselves in. For teenagers that are currently going through that tricky period and for adults who can think back to when they were 15 and how it was for them.
How are you feeling about bringing the show to London? The show was originally made in a pop up format so never really stayed put for more than a few nights in each venue, so it’s going to really great having The Bush as our home for 3 weeks. We came down to London for a couple of nights last year in The Bush’s library bar area and that was ace. It’ll be really nice for those who didn’t get the chance to see us last year come along.
Have you a favourite moment in the show? I do! I won’t mention it though, don’t want to give too much away. All I’ll say is it’s one of the moments of where the audience are involved…
What can audiences expect from the production? Expect a lot of fun, a lot of laughs and prepare to have some very catchy tunes stuck in your head for Christmas.
By Emma Clarendon
Drip continues to play at the Bush Theatre until the 22nd December. For more information visit: https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/event/drip/