The actor spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about Ardent8’s production Sacrifice, playing at the Soho Theatre from the 31st July.
Thanks so much for talking to me. Could you explain a bit more about what ‘Sacrifice’ is about? Sacrifice is about an ‘outsider’ who makes his way into a group of students who are trying everything they can to make it in the big tough city of London. Once in he plays a game with them and leads them to believe he has the answer to all their problems.
How did you get involved with Ardent8? I met Andy for the first time back in 2010 when I was a student of his. I stayed in touch with him after I left and always kept him in the loop with whatever I was doing theatre wise. He did the same. And a couple years ago he contacted me and told me of this project. I jumped at the opportunity before even hearing what it was.. Just so I could work with him again.
What did you first think of the play when you read it initially? When I first read the play I was struck by how close to home it was for me, and everyone else for that matter. Being a creative person living outside from London can be exhausting sometimes. You feel totally out of the loop all of the time. The play shows the distance young actors will go just for an opportunity and the toll it can take on you as a person.
Was there anything in particular that you could identify with in the play? The thing I identified most with is the togetherness of the people who are all striving to be creative.. there is no better feeling when you’re struggling and feeling low than knowing you’re not in it alone.
What would you say the main message of the play is? I think the main message is.. if you’re determined to make it as an actor then you’d better be prepared to go through hell first and even then you might not make it. So you gotta decide if it’s worth it.
What do you think audiences come along will take away from it? I think those people that are in the industry will definitely identify with this play’s message. I think for others it will be an eye opener in to the struggles of young actors. But aside from all of that I think most people will go away laughing once they make it out the other side of this absurd and brilliant journey.
Sacrifice will play at the Soho Theatre from the 31st July until the 4th August. For more information visit: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/ardent8-sacrifice/