Spotlight profile

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© Robin Savage

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

A truthful and humble actor. That is the most important to me. I’d also like to not only be an actor – and I am one, don’t get me wrong – but I think that being an actor now, also comes with the bigger responsibility of what it means to be an artist. It’s not only acting, but creating in a broader sense. And I aspire to keep challenging myself to create work, collectively or individually, that is genuine and relevant in a sometimes deceitful world.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I choose ‘Before Sunset’ by Richard Linklater. I took months to find it, rigorously looking through material, unsatisfied but when I read that one I instantly connected to it. I decided to go with it, because I really liked the arch of it, the directness, the vulnerability and the fact that the character is bilingual, very much like me.

‘Before Sunset’ by Richard Linklater

© Robin Savage

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

There are a few different pieces that have had an impact of me and it’s hard to pick one. But I think that the most recent production that has inspired me immensely is ‘I May Destroy You’ created by Michaela Coel. It was spellbinding. I was transfixed by the brilliance of the show, in every way. The writing, the acting, the unexpectedness of it. It was so inspiring to witness a young artist doing it all and making something poignant and memorable.

© Robin Savage

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

The thing that kept me creative right at the beginning of lockdown was preparing my first self-tape for this. I was doing a piece I really enjoyed (shout-out to Alice Birch!) which kept me motivated during the first two weeks, and then the inevitable ups and downs kicked in. But I started writing/journaling, which was very therapeutic and fulfilling.

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