Hello Mark. I have to start with Patrick Hamilton because I'm such a fan and it was his name that alerted me to your work. How did your play about his life come about?
I wanted to create a one-man show from the age of 19, when I was touched to the core by a solo play I saw at the King's Head Theatre in Islington. It took till my mid-thirties, when all the viable distractions of my youth started to fall away, for me to no longer have an excuse for not making it happen. I started looking for a subject and came across Nigel Jones' superb biography of Patrick Hamilton, Through A Glass Darkly. I immediately saw the dramatic potential of such a remarkable life: it's like a sunburst that slowly morphs into a very black hole. I also felt some kinship with him, which is essential.
That's a great answer Mark! I felt that.
What are you focusing on at the moment? I imagine, having seen your stage (performance) calendar, that it’s mainly work?
Yes, I am getting ready for quite a big tour of my other solo play: Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope... I'd love you to see it when it when it comes to London in June / July.
That would be an absolute pleasure, Mark. I have to say that when Jo and myself left the theatre In Leicester Square after seeing your remarkable performance in Silence Of The Snow, I said to her that it was one of the best stage productions I'd ever seen. I have a love/fascination for Hamilton, his life, and the London he inhabited. At one point I must admit to crying... I am a very emotional person!