Lost Voices is a show I was in in 2016, I also did some work on the script. The show is about the children who did during the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. I’m very proud to have been a part of this production. If memory serves we did only three performance at the Ballyfermot Civic and Community Centre. As well as members of the local community theatre, we also brought in local schools. I played three parts, one on film and two on stage. That’s me at the beginning announcing that the republic has been declared.
Trying to think of who I could send this to in the hope of getting reviews, because despite getting four stars on Barnes & Nobel and Goodreads, under a different title, I still have no reviews on Amazon, which means, of course that sales are extremely slow.
Last night I realised it is most likely to appeal to fans of Tarantino. Like his early work, at least how it appears to me, I’m of the opinion that character is plot, perhaps because I trained as an actor. You put a character in an environment and if that character is true they can only behave in certain ways. This is true whether they’re heroes or villains. And of course heroes can be villainous, villains can be heroic, everyone has private motivations that we might never suspect, and almost no one is exactly who they appear to be.
I might be mistaken when I say this would appeal to Tarantino fans. I’m not a big fan of his work, I still think Reservoir Dogs is his best movie.
Pulp Fiction is funnier but I must have missed half that movie the first time I saw it because I was laughing and looking forward to seeing it again.
Jackie Brown is a much more mature movie (say that really fast!) but I feel it’s let down by him trying to be clever.
I haven’t seen either of the Kill Bill movies and both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained bored me, so I haven’t bothered with him since.
I’m still acting and with the movie business being what it is I might be shooting my career in the head writing all of the above, but that’s ok; I’m a stage actor! That shouldn’t be taken as snobbery, by the way, movie acting is much more difficult.
Finally she gave up, and looking at him, exasperated, she said, ‘You can’t be an actor. There has never been an actor called Fergus.’
I’ve just finished designing this cover for my play, Examine Your Zip. It’s based on my experiences in the world of direct marketing. The play debuted this time last year and the quotes on the cover are from the audience.
I’ve decided to let people download this script for free, and if you’re part of a community theatre you may also stage the play for free.
If you do, please send me a Jpeg of the poster so I can add it to this blog as a kind of map showing where my work is staged.
There are links at the back of the script to my other books and to a t-shirt, if you’d like to make a contribution.
Download here: Examine Your Zip free