NAME: Sam Stay
LIVES: Guildford, Surrey
ORIGINALLY FROM: Crewkerne, Somerset
HAVE YOU ANY CONNECTIONS WITH THE TOUR VENUES – BROMLEY AND SWINDON?
So far that page has been blank, our Teechers shows will be my first connection with both places! How exciting.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER:
My main role that I play is a character called Salty – even though he?s not quite sure what he wants to do when he leaves school, throughout the play we find that he does have a burning desire to do something with his life, even though he might not have applied himself as he should during his lessons.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF PLAYING THAT ROLE?
Salty is a very loveable rogue, he’s more intelligent than he gives himself credit for, so for me he comes with many levels of personality to play with such as caring, funny, driven and he’s clued up about the world. So it’s almost a double edged sword playing a younger character with so many complexities – get it right and Salty comes to life!
HAVE YOU PERFORMED IN THE SHOW BEFORE, OR ARE YOU NEW TO THE COMPANY?
I have been lucky enough to perform this show before with this company and it’s such a pleasure to be back again. I feel this show deserves to be seen as it’s one of Godber’s best works.
HAVE YOU PERFORMED IN ANY OTHER JOHN GODBER PLAYS BEFORE?
I have indeed – I recently finished a short run of Bouncers playing the role of Ralph who shares some small similarities to Salty in some ways
HOW ARE REHEARSALS GOING WITH YOUR DIRECTOR HARRY BLUMENAU?
The atmosphere with this team is always faultless, it’s such a safe environment to work and play in that there’s laughter every day! Harry, our Director, is such a great person to learn from and to be in the room with. He sets up the playground and world to play in and then it’s our turn to bring things to life. With Harry it feels like a collaborative effort, he gets the best out of us, and you really feel like he’s listening and learning with you!
HOW DO YOU HOPE AUDIENCES WILL REACT TO THE PLAY?
I hope they resonate with some of the themes. Our world as we know it is going through a very strange time and some bits may hit home harder in 2019 then they did before. I also hope they laugh and enjoy the journey these young people go on – they may be able to relate and find similar characters to those they might have gone to school with.
WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TEACHER AT SCHOOL?
My favourite teacher was Mr Higgs, my very first drama teacher! It was in those classes that I realised even though I might not have been the most academic, I could prat about and pass it off as learning. If only he could see me now – I’ve actually been able, and lucky enough, to pursue it as a career.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN, OR CONSIDERED BEING, A TEACHER?
What comes with the territory of being in this industry is that at some point in time you’ll have taken a part-time teaching job at a Stagecoach or something similar! So, I have toed the line in that respect … but for now I’ll leave the heavy-duty stuff to the professionals!
FULL INFO AND BOOKING FOR THE TEECHERS HERE