Theatrical roles and opportunities have come and gone. I love a night at the theatre, who doesn’t? Being in the audience is nice but being on the stage is magical. Theatre though is a notoriously bad payer. There is little to no money and most actors tread the boards as a labour of love. Me? I have to pay the mortgage but I did find a good role, in the comedy ‘There’s a girl in my Soup’. A great play and my character was as the hungover boyfriend ‘Jimmy’. It was a wonderful comedic role.
With the television profile came the opportunities to diversify. Voice overs for commercials, appearances at clubs and shopping malls.
‘Jimmy’ in ‘There’s a Girl in My Soup’.
UK national tour.
National & Provincial – TV commercial.
London Jazz Festival – TV commercial.
Lombard Insurance (corporate) In vision.
Pears Soap – Voice Over.
Air New Zealand – Voice Over.
Burger King – Voice Over.
Harley Davidson – Voice Over.
AWARDS. Children’s ITV Television Personality of the Year. 1988/89
What little attraction I had for the theatre came late in my career. My main area of interest had been in radio and television, in that order. That’s just the way things worked out at the time. Did I make a mistake in turning down the few theatrical opportunities that came my way? Pantomime beckoned most years, until recently, but always seems to clash with other work. I was originally thought of for the West End role of Danny Zuko opposite Michaela Strachan in the production of ‘Grease’ by the wonderful David Ian and Paul Nicholas.
It wasn’t a role that I was comfortable with. I am not the best singer and I know my limits. So I scared myself out of that gig. That would be stage fright without stepping out on to the stage! At least I spared the audience the fright of my singing voice.
The parts were eventually given to Craig Mclachlan and Debbie Gibson.
At least I did get to play one great role and that was Jimmy in ‘There’s A Girl in My Soup’. It received some great reviews too.