Voices off

Steve Hay 2016

Steve Hay 2016

Voice artist on
Jason Connery’s TOMMY’S HONOUR and Justin Kurzel’s MACBETH

OUTLANDER series one
on Starz (US) and Amazon Prime (UK)

JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF THE MALT MASTER
Glenfiddich 360VR campaign

HECKLE, SHRINKING VIOLET & A QUIET COURAGE
premieres at CANNES

THE MYTHMAKERS - official selection
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

***

FILM
Corinthian (businessman)
Dir Mark Brown. Brainehownd Films (short)

A Quiet Courage (Prison psychiatrist)
Dir. James Card. Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Honour and Obey (Seamus Kelly)
Dir. Nicholas David Lean.
Ocean Storm Films Ltd (short)

The Search for Simon (Gronar)
Dir. Martin Gooch. Gothic Manor Ltd

Heckle (Terry Mitchell)
Dir. Robbie Moffat. Palm Tree Entertainment/Comedy Girl Productions

Shrinking Violet (DCI Malcolm Cullen)
Dir. James Card.
Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Worst Date Ever (Tom)
Dir. Nicki Perkins. Eavesdrop Films. (short)

The Oracle (Luka)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Inside Blue (Vic)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Saxon Films

Lady Godiva (Rupert Whittaker)
Dir. Vicky Jewson.
Jewson Film Productions

Nae Drama Hae a Dram (John)
Dir. Angeline Ferguson.
Bad Leg Productions

Drinkypoos (Shane)
Dir. Rodger Griffiths.
RSAMD Productions (short)
Shortlisted for 2006 BAFTA Scottish Students on Screen award

The Tichborne Claimant (legal secretary - uncredited)
Dir. David Yates. The Bigger Picture Company

The Devils Feast (campaigner)
Dir. Sharon Woodward /Richard Duriez.
Mischief Pictures

TELEVISION
Outlander series one, episode 14 The Search (gypsy)

Dir Metin Huseyin. Sony/Starz

Ultimate Force II (Isaac)
Dir. Richard Holthouse. Bentley Productions

MUSIC VIDEO
Candy Says - Chad (butler)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2014)

Candy Says - Favourite Flavour (gallery guard, various eccentrics)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Candy Says - Melt into the Sun (Victorian boxer)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Bomb Culture - St Professor’s Beat (Forest God)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Long Insiders - All The Tears I’ve Cried (Lion Tamer)
Dir. Tim Winter. Atomic

THEATRE
Oh Danny Boy - Turning Leaves (Danny), Dir. John Retallack. Rust and Stardust Productions. Old Fire Station Oxford, and Edinburgh International Fringe Festival

Mercy (young Anthony), Dir. Jake Murray. Ever Hopefull Rep Season/Frontier Theatre Productions.

Yellow Moon (Frank), Glass Eels (Mervyn), Grimm Tales (various) and Two (Roy) (rehearsed readings)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms

Collider (Dr Vivien Houghton)
Dir. Katie Read. SatMatCo. Old Fire Station, Oxford

What I Do (Dougie the homeless)
Dir. Zoe Sharp.
The One Festival. The Space Theatre.
Also at Theatre 503 (Dir. Lucy Appleby) and The So and So On Festival

Short Stories Aloud (reader/director/casting)
curated by Sarah Franklin.
Old Fire Station, Oxford (2012-2016)

This Child (father) and Oh Danny Boy (Danny)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms

The Mythmakers (JM Barrie)
Dir. Sarah Berger. A So and So Arts Club production in association with PurpleHays Productions. Teatro Latea, New York International Fringe Festival and The Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Also: Dir. Kenneth Michaels. Celtic Circle — Charing Cross Theatre

Dalgety by David Greig (Sgt Jack McCracken)
Dir. Cecily Boys. Old Bomb Theatre/Theatre Uncut — The Bussey Building, Peckham

Hidden Spire (various/deviser)
Dir. Lizzie McBain. Crisis/Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Subs (Derek)
Dir. Hamish MacDougall. Good Night Out Presents — The Cock Tavern, London

In That Summer Of Sweet 16 by David Halliwell (Pt Billy Meechan)
Dir. Jane Clark. I’m A Camera - Old Red Lion Theatre

Glass Onion (Narrator/various)
Dir. Steve Hay/Pete House. PS Theatre Edinburgh Festival

Living Word Walks, Sonnet Walks and Didcot Cornerstone 5th Anniversary (performer)
Dir. Rebecca Mordan. Scary Little Girls — The Theatre, Chipping Norton/Didcot Cornerstone

Spare Prick (Russ)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act - Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

High Table - An Oxford Trilogy (Senior Tutor Dr Adrian Wilson)
Dir. Stuart Lee.
The Oxford Playwrights — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Quiz Night at the Britannia (Tommy)
Dir. Tania Higgins.
The Deck Theatre Company — Copa, Oxford

The Pillbox (Mal Norman)
Dir. Tom Blackmore. Top Edge Productions — Bampton Village Hall

Fun Run (Ken Bunten)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Never Tell Them (Captain Simon Jones)
Dir. Stuart Lee. Front Row Productions — New Road Baptist Church, Oxfringe 2010, also:
Dir.Joe Austin.Burton Taylor Theatre

A Fistful of Mondays (Barry)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

A Last Belch for the Great Auk by David Halliwell (Reginald Armitage)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. MakeSpace — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, Oxfringe 2009.
Also at Oxford Playhouse (rehearsed reading)

Every Mother’s Son (Bert)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. Burton Taylor Theatre

Meriel The Ghost Girl (Sam Nicholls/Dr Delane)
The House (Pt Billy Meechan)
Both Dir. David Halliwell. Charlbury Arts Festival

VOICE ARTIST
Tommy’s Honour(sound artist)
Dir. Jason Connery Gutta Percha Productions (2016)

MacBeth (sound artist)
Dir. Justin Kurzel. See-Saw Films

COMMERCIALS
Journey in to the Mind of the Malt Master (Glenfiddich 360VR campaign)
Dir. Danny Vaia. Space

Phoenix Picturehouse and French and Italian Cars
Both dir. Martyn Chalk. Chalkstar Films

McConechy’s Tyres
Dir. Alasdair McCuish. BeesNees, Glasgow

RADIO/AUDIO/CORPORATE/ROLEPLAYS
Experienced roleplayer (NHS, GPNRO selection, BMA Finals, OSCE, Comm Skills, CSA Finals etc), various radio and narration/voiceover (Oxford University Press, Pearson etc), corporates (Sony, Somerfield, The Identity Project, Mission 21, The Wellcome Trust etc), TIE and Forum Theatre

Stiven Christie management
1 Glen Street
Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3

0131 228 4040
0131 228 4645 fax
9JD 07000 ACTORS
www.stivenchristie.co.uk
info@stivenchristie.co.uk

Welcome to Glenfiddich

A peak at the splendour of the Highlands. I’m the 360 degree VR tourguide for Glenfiddich distillery.

Glenfiddich 360 VR

Goodnight sweet Prince …

Steve Hay 2016

Steve Hay 2016

Voice artist on
Jason Connery’s TOMMY’S HONOUR and Justin Kurzel’s MACBETH

OUTLANDER series one
on Starz (US) and Amazon Prime (UK)

HECKLE, SHRINKING VIOLET & A QUIET COURAGE
premieres at CANNES

THE MYTHMAKERS - official selection
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

***

FILM
You (Steve)
Dir Jim Quayle. Warpline Films (short)

Corinthian (businessman)
Dir Mark Brown. Brainehownd Films (short)

A Quiet Courage (Prison psychiatrist)
Dir. James Card. Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Honour and Obey (Seamus Kelly)
Dir. Nicholas David Lean.
Ocean Storm Films Ltd (short)

The Search for Simon (Gronar)
Dir. Martin Gooch. Gothic Manor Ltd

Heckle (Terry Mitchell)
Dir. Robbie Moffat. Palm Tree Entertainment/Comedy Girl Productions

Shrinking Violet (DCI Malcolm Cullen)
Dir. James Card.
Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Worst Date Ever (Tom)
Dir. Nicki Perkins. Eavesdrop Films. (short)

The Oracle (Luka)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Reunion (Kyle Graffin)
Dir. Mike Stuart. Doorway Films

The Wedding Video (Clown)
Dir. Ben Martin. Cautious Horses

Inside Blue (Vic)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Saxon Films

Lady Godiva (Rupert Whittaker)
Dir. Vicky Jewson.
Jewson Film Productions

Nae Drama Hae a Dram (John)
Dir. Angeline Ferguson.
Bad Leg Productions

Drinkypoos (Shane)
Dir. Rodger Griffiths.
RSAMD Productions (short)
Shortlisted for 2006 BAFTA Scottish Students on Screen award

The Tichborne Claimant (legal secretary - uncredited)
Dir. David Yates. The Bigger Picture Company

The Devils Feast (campaigner)
Dir. Sharon Woodward /Richard Duriez.
Mischief Pictures

TELEVISION
Outlander series one, episode 14 The Search (gypsy)

Dir Metin Huseyin. Sony/Starz

Ultimate Force II (Isaac)
Dir. Richard Holthouse. Bentley Productions

MUSIC VIDEO
Candy Says - Chad (butler)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2014)

Candy Says - Favourite Flavour (gallery guard, various eccentrics)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Candy Says - Melt into the Sun (Victorian boxer)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Bomb Culture - St Professor’s Beat (Forest God)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Long Insiders - All The Tears I’ve Cried (Lion Tamer)
Dir. Tim Winter. Atomic

THEATRE
Oh Danny Boy - Turning Leaves (Danny), Dir. John Retallack. Rust and Stardust Productions. Old Fire Station Oxford (2016), Edinburgh International Fringe Festival 2015

Mercy (young Anthony), Dir. Jake Murray. Ever Hopefull Rep Season/Frontier Theatre Productions.

Glass Eels (Mervyn), Grimm Tales (various) and Two (Roy) (rehearsed readings)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms 2015

Collider (Dr Vivien Houghton)
Dir. Katie Read. SatMatCo. Old Fire Station, Oxford (2015)

What I Do (Dougie the homeless)
Dir. Zoe Sharp.
The One Festival. The Space Theatre.  (2015).
Also at Theatre 503 (Dir. Lucy Appleby) and The So and So On Festival

Short Stories Aloud (reader/director/casting)
curated by Sarah Franklin.
Old Fire Station, Oxford (2012-2015)

This Child (father) and Oh Danny Boy (Danny)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms

The Mythmakers (JM Barrie)
Dir. Sarah Berger. A So and So Arts Club production in association with PurpleHays Productions. Teatro Latea, New York International Fringe Festival and The Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Also: Dir. Kenneth Michaels. Celtic Circle — Charing Cross Theatre

Dalgety by David Greig (Sgt Jack McCracken)
Dir. Cecily Boys. Old Bomb Theatre/Theatre Uncut — The Bussey Building, Peckham

Hidden Spire (various/deviser)
Dir. Lizzie McBain. Crisis/Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Subs (Derek)
Dir. Hamish MacDougall. Good Night Out Presents — The Cock Tavern, London

In That Summer Of Sweet 16 by David Halliwell (Pt Billy Meechan)
Dir. Jane Clark. I’m A Camera - Old Red Lion Theatre

The Fence (Chorus)
Dir. Howard Barker. Wrestling School — Oxford Playhouse

Glass Onion (Narrator/various)
Dir. Steve Hay/Pete House. PS Theatre Edinburgh Festival

Living Word Walks, Sonnet Walks and Didcot Cornerstone 5th Anniversary (performer)
Dir. Rebecca Mordan. Scary Little Girls — The Theatre, Chipping Norton/Didcot Cornerstone

Spare Prick (Russ)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act - Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

High Table - An Oxford Trilogy (Senior Tutor Dr Adrian Wilson)
Dir. Stuart Lee.
The Oxford Playwrights — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Quiz Night at the Britannia (Tommy)
Dir. Tania Higgins.
The Deck Theatre Company — Copa, Oxford

The Pillbox (Mal Norman)
Dir. Tom Blackmore. Top Edge Productions — Bampton Village Hall

Fun Run (Ken Bunten)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Never Tell Them (Captain Simon Jones)
Dir. Stuart Lee. Front Row Productions — New Road Baptist Church, Oxfringe 2010, also:
Dir.Joe Austin.Burton Taylor Theatre

A Fistful of Mondays (Barry)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

A Last Belch for the Great Auk by David Halliwell (Reginald Armitage)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. MakeSpace — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, Oxfringe 2009.
Also at Oxford Playhouse (rehearsed reading)

Pork (Robert)
Dir. Joe Austin. Oxford Playhouse New Writing competition winner — Burton Taylor theatre, Oxford

Jam on That? (Host/MC/Poet/Swashbuckler in chief)
Jam Factory Oxford

Every Mother’s Son (Bert)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. Burton Taylor Theatre

Meriel The Ghost Girl (Sam Nicholls/Dr Delane)
The House (Pt Billy Meechan)
Both Dir. David Halliwell. Charlbury Arts Festival

VOICE ARTIST
Tommy’s Honour(sound artist)
Dir. Jason Connery Gutta Percha Productions (2016)

MacBeth (sound artist)
Dir. Justin Kurzel. See-Saw Films

COMMERCIALS
Phoenix Picturehouse and French and Italian Cars
Both dir. Martyn Chalk. Chalkstar Films

McConechy’s Tyres
Dir. Alasdair McCuish. BeesNees, Glasgow

RADIO/AUDIO/CORPORATE/ROLEPLAYS
Experienced roleplayer (NHS, GPNRO selection, BMA Finals, OSCE, Comm Skills, CSA Finals etc), various radio and narration/voiceover (Oxford University Press, Pearson etc), corporates (Sony, Somerfield, The Identity Project, Mission 21, The Wellcome Trust etc), TIE and Forum Theatre

Stiven Christie management
1 Glen Street
Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3

0131 228 4040
0131 228 4645 fax
9JD 07000 ACTORS
www.stivenchristie.co.uk
info@stivenchristie.co.uk

Whisky Galore

Enjoyed my first proper taste of green screen filming for a well-known drinks brand for a new campaign launching later this year. Great fun job, and a fantastic crew. I can’t wait to see the results ….

Things can (surely) only get better …

Crazy start to the year. David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Lemmy. They blazed a trail and shone brightly. Lives well lived.

…so grab the year. Have a good one. May it bring you happiness, good health and, however you define it, success.

X

Have a good one

Happy Christmas, and a happy, healthy and successful 2016 to you all.

Have fun, see you on the other side …

Glasgow, Glasgow where are you? Forty four from Edinburgh …

OUTLANDER series one - Spring 2015
on Starz (US) and Amazon Prime (UK)

HECKLE, SHRINKING VIOLET & A QUIET COURAGE
premieres at CANNES

THE MYTHMAKERS - official selection
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

***

FILM
You (Steve)
Dir Jim Quayle. Warpline Films (short)

Corinthian (businessman)
Dir Mark Brown. Brainehownd Films (short)

A Quiet Courage (Prison psychiatrist)
Dir. James Card. Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Honour and Obey (Seamus Kelly)
Dir. Nicholas David Lean.
Ocean Storm Films Ltd (short)

The Search for Simon (Gronar)
Dir. Martin Gooch. Gothic Manor Ltd

Heckle (Terry Mitchell)
Dir. Robbie Moffat. Palm Tree Entertainment/Comedy Girl Productions

Shrinking Violet (DCI Malcolm Cullen)
Dir. James Card.
Thorny Devil Productions (short)

Worst Date Ever (Tom)
Dir. Nicki Perkins. Eavesdrop Films. (short)

The Oracle (Luka)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Reunion (Kyle Graffin)
Dir. Mike Stuart. Doorway Films

The Wedding Video (Clown)
Dir. Ben Martin. Cautious Horses

Inside Blue (Vic)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Saxon Films

Lady Godiva (Rupert Whittaker)
Dir. Vicky Jewson.
Jewson Film Productions

Nae Drama Hae a Dram (John)
Dir. Angeline Ferguson.
Bad Leg Productions

Drinkypoos (Shane)
Dir. Rodger Griffiths.
RSAMD Productions (short)
Shortlisted for 2006 BAFTA Scottish Students on Screen award

The Tichborne Claimant (legal secretary - uncredited)
Dir. David Yates. The Bigger Picture Company

The Devils Feast (campaigner)
Dir. Sharon Woodward /Richard Duriez.
Mischief Pictures

TELEVISION
Outlander series one, episode 14 The Search (gypsy) (2015)

Dir Metin Huseyin. Sony/Starz

Ultimate Force II (Isaac)
Dir. Richard Holthouse. Bentley Productions

MUSIC VIDEO
Candy Says - Chad (butler)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2014)

Candy Says - Favourite Flavour (gallery guard, various eccentrics)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Candy Says - Melt into the Sun (Victorian boxer)
Dir. Beckim Mala. Cork on the Fork Productions (2013)

Bomb Culture - St Professor’s Beat (Forest God)
Dir. Shamus Maxwell. Cruellest Month

Long Insiders - All The Tears I’ve Cried (Lion Tamer)
Dir. Tim Winter. Atomic

THEATRE
Glass Eels (Mervyn), Grimm Tales (various)
and Two (Roy) (rehearsed readings)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms 2015

Collider (Dr Vivien Houghton)
Dir. Katie Read. SatMatCo. Old Fire Station, Oxford (2015)

What I Do (Dougie the homeless)
Dir. Zoe Sharp.
The One Festival. The Space Theatre.  (2015).
Also at Theatre 503 (Dir. Lucy Appleby) and The So and So On Festival

Short Stories Aloud (reader/director/casting)
curated by Sarah Franklin.
Old Fire Station, Oxford (2012-2015)

This Child (father) and Oh Danny Boy (Danny)
Dir. John Retallack. Ruskin Theatre Platforms

The Mythmakers (JM Barrie)
Dir. Sarah Berger. A So and So Arts Club production in association with PurpleHays Productions. Teatro Latea, New York International Fringe Festival and The Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Also: Dir. Kenneth Michaels. Celtic Circle — Charing Cross Theatre

Dalgety by David Greig (Sgt Jack McCracken)
Dir. Cecily Boys. Old Bomb Theatre/Theatre Uncut — The Bussey Building, Peckham

Hidden Spire (various/deviser)
Dir. Lizzie McBain. Crisis/Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Subs (Derek)
Dir. Hamish MacDougall. Good Night Out Presents — The Cock Tavern, London

In That Summer Of Sweet 16 by David Halliwell (Pt Billy Meechan)
Dir. Jane Clark. I’m A Camera - Old Red Lion Theatre

The Fence (Chorus)
Dir. Howard Barker. Wrestling School — Oxford Playhouse

Glass Onion (Narrator/various)
Dir. Steve Hay/Pete House. PS Theatre Edinburgh Festival

Living Word Walks, Sonnet Walks and Didcot Cornerstone 5th Anniversary (performer)
Dir. Rebecca Mordan. Scary Little Girls — The Theatre, Chipping Norton/Didcot Cornerstone

Spare Prick (Russ)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act - Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

High Table - An Oxford Trilogy (Senior Tutor Dr Adrian Wilson)
Dir. Stuart Lee.
The Oxford Playwrights — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Quiz Night at the Britannia (Tommy)
Dir. Tania Higgins.
The Deck Theatre Company — Copa, Oxford

The Pillbox (Mal Norman)
Dir. Tom Blackmore. Top Edge Productions — Bampton Village Hall

Fun Run (Ken Bunten)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

Never Tell Them (Captain Simon Jones)
Dir. Stuart Lee. Front Row Productions — New Road Baptist Church, Oxfringe 2010, also:
Dir. Joe Austin. Burton Taylor Theatre

A Fistful of Mondays (Barry)
Dir. Joe Graham. Balancing Act — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

A Last Belch for the Great Auk by David Halliwell (Reginald Armitage)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. MakeSpace — Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, Oxfringe 2009.
Also at Oxford Playhouse (rehearsed reading)

Pork (Robert)
Dir. Joe Austin. Oxford Playhouse New Writing competition winner — Burton Taylor theatre, Oxford

Jam on That? (Host/MC/Poet/Swashbuckler in chief)
Jam Factory Oxford

Every Mother’s Son (Bert)
Dir. Sarah Dodd. Burton Taylor Theatre

Meriel The Ghost Girl (Sam Nicholls/Dr Delane)
The House (Pt Billy Meechan)
Both Dir. David Halliwell. Charlbury Arts Festival

VOICE
MacBeth (sound artist)
Dir. Justin Kurzel. See-Saw Films (2015)

COMMERCIALS
Phoenix Picturehouse and French and Italian Cars
Both dir. Martyn Chalk. Chalkstar Films (2014)

McConechy’s Tyres
Dir. Alasdair McCuish. BeesNees, Glasgow

RADIO/AUDIO/CORPORATE/ROLEPLAYS
Experienced roleplayer (NHS, GPNRO selection, BMA Finals, OSCE, Comm Skills, CSA Finals etc), various radio and narration/voiceover (Oxford University Press, Pearson etc), corporates (Sony, Somerfield, The Identity Project, Mission 21, The Wellcome Trust etc), TIE and Forum Theatre

Stiven Christie management
1 Glen Street
Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3

0131 228 4040
0131 228 4645 fax
9JD 07000 ACTORS
www.stivenchristie.co.uk
info@stivenchristie.co.uk

Gotta Gotta Getaway

… as SLF used to say.

I’m off to Edinburgh this week and next to check out the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and then a couple of weeks after that, I’m back up the road to film The Great Getaway with Robbie Moffat for Palm Tree Worldwide. The cast is great, the script is great, and hopefully the weather will be great - although I know it has to rain in some of my scenes. Grrr!

Looking forward to it though - and learning from some great actors.

Have fun

Collider, by Shaun McCarthy. Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. January 2015

Shaun McCarthy’s multi-layered play, Collider brought the new lunchtime Saturday Matinee Company to Oxford with a big bang on Saturday. The first performance, to a full house, was a triumph. Provocative writing, excellent direction and a team of four local actors at the top of their game could hardly fail. Audiences were treated to an intriguing play - appropriately ‘in the round’ - about the Large Hadron Collider. Katie Read’s deft direction strips away all the superfluity of ‘West End’ theatre and allows script and actors to work their wonders on our imaginations. It is bold and brilliant.

The scientist and engineers are visited by highly cynical American Bible Belt visitors in fear of the potential consequences of Science toying with Almighty God’s creation. The humanity of each of the four characters presents us with the delightful array of flaws that identify them as ‘human’. The play probes ideology and science corrupted by individual interpretation and perceptions. McCarthy has an effective mix of comedy and drama which is compelling throughout the entire hour.

Gaye Poole, as the senior physicist forced to permit the visitors-from-’heaven’, convinces with her lucid scientific brilliance and - in contrast - shows entirely unanticipated (and absolutely ‘unscientific’) skills in burlesque as well! Steve Hay plays the highly-sexed engineer with confident facility, displaying linguistic and manual dexterity. (His juggling is an amusing metaphorical allusion.) This man, the ringmaster of the Hadron circle appears to have his balls well under control, though he, too, proves to be no more than human. James Card, as the visiting preacher, presents with all the confidence of a man with God on his side, though his wife might not be quite as dependable. His missus is delightfully played by Amy Enticknap. Her interaction with each of the other characters show emotionally what powerful magnets and high speeds can do to make particles collide!

Let’s hope this high quality lunchtime drama is here to stay. Entertaining and provocative, Collider is a tantalising mix which will whet theatrical appetites. Don’t miss this! Performances on Saturday 17th and 24th January at 12.30pm. OFS will even provide a sandwich (or, if you really are in the mood of the play, a doughnut!).

Gwily. Daily Information. January 12, 2015

Oh Danny Boy

Oh Danny Boy from Steve Hay on Vimeo.

from Waterloo, by Jaime Woodham
performed at the Old Fire Station on October 21, 2014
filmed by Chalkstar Films

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