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Acting up

13th Nov, 2012 | Posted by in Blog
Acting up

A few people I know spring to mind when I think of Actors’ Day, and it’s not even like they’re drama students – they’re actual actors that act in actual… acty things.

The reason for this is that I worked at— Plays! That’s what they’re called; plays.

Sorry. The reason for this is that I worked at Hull Truck Theatre for a good year and a half, meeting all different types of actors on a regular basis. Most were sweet and lovely, the type you could bump into in the street and have a chat with. One in particular was a snotty diva that succeeded in rubbing almost everyone the wrong way. Two others were seasoned professionals specialising in strong characters that required depth and humour; one was a brickie in his spare time, who once read out a piece of mine at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival; and another seemed more like a friendly dinner lady than someone who would take to the stage night after night.

Professionally speaking, as a writer, it’s especially good to know actors. I plan to write short films and small performance pieces for the future, so being friends with a few on Facebook is always handy. But my favourite part is being able to say “I’ve had a cuppa with him” when one suddenly appears on your TV screen. Especially when it’s a small, likeable Geordie playing Jesus in the recent series of Red Dwarf.

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Rich Sutherland

Rich is a copywriter and social media manager who loves writing about random things in his spare time. Between weekly posts for Days of the Year, he can be found on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. He also writes short stories within 140 characters on his @tinyweefiction channel. If you see him in the street, make sure to wave (he's 6'4" with glasses, a beard and rockabilly hair - can't miss him).
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