A word that undoubtedly gets thrown around in these artist bio is ‘passion’. It’s a noun that is often defined as 1) a strong and barely uncontrollable emotion, and 2) the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. As much as I enjoy a good crucifixion, my feelings towards the art of storytelling are more applicable to the former definition. Nothing brings me greater joy than breathing life into a character, crafting the perfect one liners and constructing a compelling narrative for an audience.
Writing has always come naturally to me, even from a young age. My first ever “script” was yet another sequel to the ‘Alien’ franchise in which Sigourney Weaver and myself save the world from the titular monsters. I was ten years old. Growing up in rural Ireland (i.e the middle of nowhere) the only company I had was the family television, and through it I experienced stories that both excited me and expanded my tiny, isolated world. I knew then that all I ever wanted was to see my own stories come to life and played out on the big and small screen, as well as, of course, the stage.
I have always been inspired by writers who push the boundaries of narrative convention. It is my hope to follow in the footsteps of those who allow audiences to experience their chosen medium in a new and refreshing light. The works of Phillip Ridley, Tony Kushner, Charlie Kaufman, Tina Fey, Hermann Hesse and Vladimir Nabokov have all had a profound impact on my style of writing.
My experiences as a member of the LGBT community, as an immigrant, and as a dreaded millennial greatly inform the stories I want to tell. Stories that I care deeply about, whilst giving representation to marginalised characters. And fighting aliens with Sigourney Weaver.
I like to think ten year old me is pretty proud.
A bio, fantastic.
I'm a producer and Moonchild is my passion project (passion, I know). Moonchild came to be, because the planets aligned - Callum was Venus and I was Mars.
Producing, for me, is the marriage of the Producer and the Writer. From the inception of Moonchild, I wanted my writers to have infinite freedom with their writing, knowing that their Producer would support and help craft their art. So far, it's worked. We're always working hard trying to achieve, what we class as, 'success', but we wouldn't be here without our endless trial and error - we've had much more of the latter.
Theatre has to move me. I want to be put on the edge - on the spot. I want to feel uncomfortable. I want someone to take that risk. I want adrenaline from Theatre and I want more and more. I want to learn and I want to understand. And disagree. And be challenged so I can challenge. I want to feel like Winston in the 2 Minutes Of Hate.
I was never inspired by Shakespeare. I just didn't get it.
I was inspired by Bradbury, Marrs, Dick, Huxley and of course Orwell. The idea of Utopia and Dystopia has dominated my artistic preferences, and views, ever since I first read 1984. Feeding from both speculative fictions, I want my Theatre to challenge what I believe and present an argument that I may not even agree with.
I'll wrap it up.
Interstellar is the greatest film in the history of mankind - so as long as I can make a play of that grandeur, I'll be happy.