‘It’s all about the work’
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.
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.
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.