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DOMINIC GERRARD talks about building up to the challenge of a one-man CHRISTMAS CAROL!

Dominic trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama. He recently played The Prologue in the world premiere of Beckett’s Old Earth: a collaboration with The Sixteen and starring Alan Howard at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. Other work includes Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), the Boatswain in Jericho House's The Tempest (Barbican) and Captain Fitzroy in a revival of John O Keefe's The Poor Soldier (Theatre Royal Bury). He also created the role of Harry Edgington in the award-winning Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (Bristol Old Vic, Hampstead and Chichester Festival Theatres). Other credits include: An Ideal Husband (Peter Hall/BKL Ltd); Northanger Abbey, (Salisbury Playhouse); Macbeth (Northcott Theatre); The Pickwick Papers (Middle Temple Hall); Man and Boy (Duchess Theatre); Anton Chekov in Chekov’s Leading Lady (English Chamber Theatre); The Marquise (Bill Kenwright Prods) and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).

What first attracted you to the theatre?
I was first drawn by the experience of live story-telling, and how our imaginations can be transported by theatrical performance. I've always felt, since my teens when I first started going to the theatre, that it is the world's best platform for the spoken word. For me, there is nowhere else where language is so powerful and important. What drew me then, and what draws me now, is that excitement over where will this next play take me, what ideas will it put forward and how will it awaken an interest or challenge my view of something. A great play, I think, always opens doors for people in this way – performers and audiences alike.

If you could pick any one person or theatre company to work with on your next project, who/which would it be?
Danny Boyle. I think he's a fantastic director. I was recalled for his Frankenstein at the National a couple of years ago but didn't get the job, which still burns, and I'd like the chance to set that right! I've also set my sights on two large theatre companies based on the South Bank, and another in Stratford upon Avon… School trips to see shows at those theatres are what made me want to act in the first place. I'm now spouting my Christmas list at you!

What is your opinion of Off West End theatre, in general?
It's vital. Artists and performers from all over the country need to be able nurture their talent and have their ideas brought to life. Off West End and Fringe theatres make that achievable. I think the hardest thing for a creative person to deal with is that feeling that you're not part of the narrative. That you have an important contribution to make but have no chance to do so. The Off West End theatres enable people from every corner of the UK to have a voice.

What was the most inspiring performance you have ever seen? Why?
That's a very tricky one! Whatever I say now, I'll change my mind later. There are two types really. In terms of ensemble, where every performer in a company shines from being generous and attentive to each other, I would have to say: Steppenwolf's August: Osage County; Filter's Water; and the National's London Road. But in terms of individual performances it's got to be Mark Rylance. I've never seen an actor with such range and effortless ability to hold an audience. This year I saw him change from the toughest alpha-male as Rooster to a very convincing woman in his refined, love-sick Olivia. I think the appeal of his performances also comes from a vulnerability which he shares with his audience. Watching him, you can always glimpse his humanity, which comes across no matter who he plays, even Richard III.

What piece of work are you the most proud of?
If I'm forced to choose it would be the A Christmas Carol that I'm working on at the moment, because it's one of those rare moments for me where I've had an idea, and seen it all the way through to its conclusion! I still feel that I can't really single out any particular show though. Some jobs are more impressive and high-profile than others, but what stays with me long after a show has finished is the memory of a company, what we were like together and how we all got on. Sometimes you make lasting friendships with people and that's what endures and is most precious.

What things in your personal life do you draw from when you perform?
All experiences, good or bad, are there to be plundered by actors I think! However, I've come to learn more and more that it's often best to allow a text to draw emotions out of you rather than impose heavy feelings (however genuine) on to the text. I remember being very earnest at drama school, trying to 'psyche myself up' and find that 'trigger' when really it's our imaginations and empathy with characters that serve us best. By allowing yourself to be moved by the language you'll also experience less obvious emotions than the ones you might 'plan' for a moment in a scene!

Who is the best actor/actress performing on Off West End today?
The first actor to come in to my head is John Mackay for his performance in Sound and Fury's Going Dark. That's a stunning solo performance. I also think the cast of Metta Theatre's Arab Nights are fantastic.

Musical, comedy or drama- what’s your preference to watch?
For me it would go Drama, Comedy, Musical. Shows that I enjoy the most often have a mix of all three, but I do get frustrated by a lot of musicals, and I think it just comes down personal taste. I was in ‘Les Mis’ as a child, and I loved it, but I don’t really perform in musicals anymore... It’s a fine line though – I do end up doing a lot of actor/musician stuff, and my favourite show last year was ‘London Road’ which was a play with songs – however I think there’s a clear difference! Drama is easier to define and it's where I enjoy being most of all, and Comedy is so much fun, particularly when the characters in it are taking themselves really seriously while the audience are falling about. That's a challenge I always enjoy when acting comedy – in a way you have to be more serious and in control than when you're in a straight play, in order to prevent yourself from being swept along by the hilarity of the situation.

Can you tell our readers about what you’re doing now?
Right now I'm preparing to open A Christmas Carol at Waterloo East on 3 December! It’s a one man show so it is a huge challenge for me personally, but I'm really looking forward it and I hope our audiences enjoy it. I'm lucky to have been able to assemble a brilliant team for this, with director Tim Carroll at the helm, so fingers crossed!






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