Cozens Graceland Old Red Lion

‘People can expect some killer writing’: Anthony Cozens tells more about Graceland at the Old Red Lion Theatre

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Graceland, a dark comic play by the critically acclaimed writer Max Saunders-Singer, comes to the Old Red Lion Theatre next month in a triple bill alongside Simon StephensNuclear War, and the harrowing Buried. I caught up with Graceland actor Anthony Cozens to find out more.

How did you get into acting?
It’s a very long, boring story but aside from briefly wanting to be a fireman or an astronaut when I was eight or nine acting is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I was lucky enough to get into my first choice drama school when I was 20 and that was that.

Can you tell me about Graceland?
Graceland is a short one-man show about a teacher trying to conduct a class whilst really not in the mood to do so. Max has written a beautifully darkly funny piece.

How would you describe your character?
Mr. Chrichton  is a good man going through a bad time. The struggle between trying to do the right thing, and giving in to the collective weight on his shoulders is a fun thing to wrestle with.

What can audiences expect from Graceland?
People can expect some killer writing, some deliberately awkward moments, and hopefully a few laughs. If I do my job properly maybe a few people will even feel sorry for Mr. Chrichton.

You’ve acted in films, television shows and in theatre. Do you a preference in terms of medium?
That’s a bit like asking which my favourite limb is. The thing I love about theatre is the immediacy of it; unless the building is on fire you have to keep going so any problems that arise have to be solved then and there. That’s exciting. But being on a film set is endlessly fascinating; I love watching the different cogs all working together to create the whole. If that makes any sense. In short, no I don’t have a preference so long as I keep getting to do work in all mediums.

What is your dream role?
I don’t have a dream role per se, there are writers and directors who I would love to work with, whatever the role might be. Although having said that, I’ve always wanted to have a go at playing John Proctor in The Crucible.

Graceland plays at the Old Red Lion Theatre form 3 – 21 March.

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Kirsty Herrington is a blogger who fell in love with theatre at a young age and spent the majority of her student loan on tickets to West End Shows while she was at university. She began reviewing regularly for fellow MyTheatreMates’ sites Love London Love Culture, Jonathan Baz Review, London Theatre Reviews and Mind the Blog before setting up her own site From Page to Stage in 2018. With a background in journalism and a keen enthusiasm for both plays and musicals, Kirsty often reviews productions in London and East Anglia. She tweets via @kherrington83.
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Kirsty Herrington
Kirsty Herrington is a blogger who fell in love with theatre at a young age and spent the majority of her student loan on tickets to West End Shows while she was at university. She began reviewing regularly for fellow MyTheatreMates’ sites Love London Love Culture, Jonathan Baz Review, London Theatre Reviews and Mind the Blog before setting up her own site From Page to Stage in 2018. With a background in journalism and a keen enthusiasm for both plays and musicals, Kirsty often reviews productions in London and East Anglia. She tweets via @kherrington83.

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