Introducing … Michael Loftus

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Michael (left) in rehearsals with Matthew Hattersley

Michael plays Taylor in our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

Right so erm, yeah it now just a few days until we open ‘Boy on a Bed’ at the Lowry……..

WHAT!!!!! *runs and hides under the cover with a copy of the script and Stanislavsky to hand*

But no seriously, it’s surprising how quickly the show dates have actually rolled around. It feels like only yesterday we were in the audition room waiting anxiously as Alastair made us play games and improvise with scripts in order to decide who would be in the show. Suffice to say though the whole process has been a right hoot. If laughter is as they say the best medicine then all us cast and creatives must all be as fit as fiddles now.  We’ve all grown incredibly close as team, and like on any other show we all have our little in jokes which send us into fits of laughter (‘Caravaggio’ my fellow team mates will know what I’m on about with that one), but between all the tom foolery we have all been working exceptionally hard and it’s both exciting and nervous knowing we are going to be putting all our hard work in front of an audience to watch in just a matter of days’ time.

With any new acting role there are always new acting challenges to face and playing the part of Taylor has been no different. Part of the challenge with Taylor has been making sure I have the accent down (he’s American for those who don’t know), and although I have been taught how to do an American accent before whilst in training it’s still not how I speak naturally, so I have had to make I get it right. I’ve even worked on it to the point of talking in an American accent for a whole shift in my day to day job (and convincing a few customers along the way of my American heritage, at least they seemed convinced anyway). Along the way with developing character as well our director has played the odd game with us, one with myself involving chasing Adam around the stage for a whole scene, (we won’t be delivering any scenes like that I promise) and its games and experiments like that which are always interesting for us actors as they help us to discover purpose in scenes, which at times on just reading the play we may not have thought of. This experimentation doesn’t just happen at the start of the rehearsal process mind you, it’s something that is organic and keeps happening, even as late as last week for example with Taylor, we tried adding a new element and approach the character which we think works well and have decided to pursue (again avoiding spoilers there), and it’s all part of what makes the whole process so exciting and enriching for an actor. 

So as I leave you to return to my script, my Stanislavsky and my American accent practice I sincerely hope that you’ll be able to come along to the Lowry on Thursday and Friday (The 15th and 16th of May) and see all out hard work come to life. We are just so excited this end to get into the theatre and see every single element come together and form our world and story on stage.

Until opening night

Michael Loftus 🙂

 

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

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