Sunday 27 Nov 11
I just got back to New York City from Scotland and I feel very very thankful for the weekend I have had. I am not though a great fan of the origins of the Turkey day celebrations of last Thursday. See below from New York magazine
The reason I went to Scotland was to take part in a Staging the Nation event for the National Theatre of Scotland about the traditions of Panto and Variety and how they have influenced both the performance style and also the material of contemporary Scottish theatre. The event was on Saturday lunch time in the Kings Theatre in Glasgow and was a total hoot. I was joined by some of Scotland's most amazing actors: Dave Anderson, Greg Hemphill, John Ramage, Johnny Beattie (legend!!), Juliet Cadzow, Maureen Beattie and Paul Riley. The show was a total example of what we were setting out to demonstrate: the way that Scottish theatre rarely has a fourth wall and the elements of language and song and dark humour and locality and above all warmth and heart are integral to the special relationship Scottish performers and audiences have. I am so thankful to have been there, and to experience that warmth and to realise I am steeeped in a tradition that allows me to be so open with an audience. And for just being Scottish actually. Look at me getting all sentimental, and it's no even Hogmanay!
I also did a press conference at which my one-man Macbeth was annouced. I will be playing all the parts in macbeth for the NTS next year, in Glasgow and then New York. Yes, all the parts. John Tiffany and Andy Goldberg are directing, mad fools that they are. I am very excited...