A Preston actor has landed a role in a new production of John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men.Advertisement
Tristan Brooke, 24, will play Curley in the show at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and we caught up with him to ask a few questions.
Why should people come to see the play?
It’s a brilliant story which is both moving and engrossing and that still needs to be told today at one of the best theatres in the country. You will not be disappointed.
How did you get into acting?
Mostly through doing the school productions and then becoming a member of the National Youth Theatre.
What other plays have you appeared in?
This is my first professional production in a theatre, so not much. But as it’s at the theatre that I always used to come to and which inspired me to take on acting as a career so it’s very special to me.
What do you think of the theatres and acting in Preston?
I recently went to see the pantomime by Ted Robbins with my family, which I laughed throughout. As I’ve been at drama school in London for the past three years I haven’t seen much in Preston but I hope that people are trying to make as much theatre as possible, everything from putting on fringe shows to the Christmas panto. It would be incredible to see a theatre like the Octagon in Preston, which I think would bring a bigger range of people to the city.
What are your ambitions for the future?
Being so fresh out of training I just want to learn from brilliant directors and actor like I am doing at the moment and try and get experience in theatre, TV and film. I’m very lucky to have a job like this so early on, so I’m just hoping it carries on like this.
Which actors inspire you?
Fellow Lancastrians Sir Ian Mckellen and Pete Postlethwaite, both who I saw on stage and was in awe.
What is your favourite play?
I don’t really have a single favourite play; I just get different things out of different plays. I really want to get my teeth stuck into some Shakespeare as soon as possible though.
Of Mice and Men starts on Thursday 17 January and runs until Saturday 16 February.