A MONTAGE of glimpses into the life of an actor comes to the stage at Doveridge Village Hall this weekend.
Actor Richard Derrington is perhaps best known for his 14 years as Mark Hebden in BBC’s The Archers, although his career in the theatre is the focus of his new show.
Having spent a lifetime in theatre, the frustrations, favourite moments and downright absurdities have broken through his apparently sane exterior prompting his desire to share it all with his audience in An Actor’s Life.
He said: “It’s a funny old life. One week your name is scrolling across the digital billboard that looks over the Thames from the National Theatre, the next you’re wandering round a village in Wales trying to find a) the theatre b) a poster and c) anything alive other than sheep.”
From being hit on the head by a couple of hundredweight of tulips during the Gala curtain call of Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet in Amsterdam, to the trauma of recording the car crash which ended 14 years playing Mark Hebden in The Archers, Derrington muses on how his career in village halls started with Taylor’s Tickler in the back room of a pub and took him on a journey of 800 performances all over the world.
The show is dramatised with Derrington’s favourite moments from shows and poems he has performed over the years as well as stories about the people he’s met and the odd things that have happened.
The evening will culminate in a short question and answer session with Mr Derrington at the end of the performance, which is part of the Live and Local rural arts programme.
An Actor’s Life with Richard Derrington is at Doveridge Village Hall on Saturday, February 9 at 7pm. Tickets for the show are £10 including a Ploughman’s supper.
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