We’ve seen actor Iain Gibbons in many a fringe show now, from Rounds at the Blue Elephant Theatre to America’s No.1 Detective Agency off at the Drayton Arms Pub, and he’s always delighted us with his quirky sense of humour and ridiculously likable onstage presence.
Now, Gibbons is going to get the stage all to himself, as the Gaulier-trained actor stars in his very own devised piece – The Performance. Bringing it back for one night only at the Bread and Rose Theatre for the Clapham Fringe after rave reviews at both Wandsworth and Brighton Fringes, the comedic The Performance will see Gibbons take on the other side of watching theatre, playing an audience member, performer and theatre usher!
Iain has plenty of big theatre names to his credit that he’s trained with, including Denni Dennis Company Clowns, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Complicite, and No Fit State Circus. We can tell that this man has a pretty bright future ahead of him, and we spoke to him briefly before his stint at the Clapham Fringe. Check out the full interview below!
BCM: What made you decide to go into a career in the performing arts, and why did you choose to train at the Gaulier school?
Iain: The challenge with any comedy show is ensuring that it’s funny. In a group, you have each other to rely on. If one person isn’t funny, the rest of the group can run in to save the flop. There’s a support network there. When you attempt to do this on you’re own, the pressure is on. It’s all up to you to hold the attention of the audience for the full duration. One cheat I’ve managed to incorporate is by playing three separate characters, so if one character isn’t succeeding, two others are just around the corner! There are various different rhythms and pace to the sketches. Sometimes a sketch may be gradual and precise, then it might get manic and exaggerated.
The Performance plays at the Bread and Rose Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6DZ on 8th October, 9pm. Tickets available here
You can find out more about Iain on his website here