‘It’s all about the work’

By Gunnar / February, 19, 2018 / 0 comments

Still feeling every bit of the spectacular high coming from the rich and productive year of study at RADA, I effervescently continued my pursuit towards naked artistry with newfound authenticity, negating any signs of the inevitable ‘productivity withdrawal symptoms’ along the way. Even before I proudly accepted my Kings College diploma at a humbling graduation ceremony (having dropped out of high school prematurely, it was kind of a big deal), I’ve been lucky to have enjoyed a continuous streak of work.

In November, I was cast in the role of the Dutch deliveryman for a commercial for American home-security brand Ring. Coming straight out of a world of academia and physical theatre, it was fascinating to dive back into the commercial world. The ad is currently airing on Dutch TV-networks.

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Only a few days after, I was invited to participate on a very special “Piano and Poetry” evening at the concert hall of the Royal College of Music. While the whole arrangement was being live-streamed, I co-hosted and performed some Russian Futurist Poetry, an excerpt of Gedali from Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel and a radio play style enactment of The Bedbug by Vladimir Mayakovsky, playing the Party Representative – all alongside a few absurdly gifted piano players playing Prokofiev, Medtner, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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Finally, continuing the research and development of On Having No Head, we were invited to make use of the beautiful theatre space of the LPAC in Lincoln, culminating in a three week stay in North-England and a final showing and performance at the Newvolutions festival. A true collaborative devising process, we turned quite text-heavy material into something much more physically symbolic, and in the process I made an important discovery. Sometimes, tackling difficult subject material (like mental health and societal conformity, in this case) really deserves a creative approach that transcends the limitations of the verbal language. After some excellent audience feedback at Q&A’s afterwards we were led to believe that this was certainly worth the undertaking.

If there’s anything l learned from my year at RADA, is that in the end, it’s all about the work.

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