Nigel Miles Thomas talks about bringing OF MICE AND MEN to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Show name: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Venue: The Gilded Balloon
Time: 1.30pm. 31st July to August 26th
Length: 1 hour
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I was classically trained in London in the late 1970’s and have been a founder member of The medieval Players, The Cherub company and have been fortunate to work as an actor all over the world. I have been a member of Steven Berkoff’s company and played in London’s West End in The Fifteen Streets. On Television I have been in Dr Who and as Mr Davies in Grange Hill. I have directed many shows including the infamous Cinderella starring Zsa Zsa Gabor in Hollywood.
Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck’s great literary work adapted by myself for the stage and two Actors. Set in the great American depression of the 1920’s it tells the tale of George and his simple minded friend Lennie’s enduring friendship as they battle to survive in a harsh world.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2019?
I have spent many years working on the show and it’s relevance to today is very pertinent. Dealing with issues of racism, mental illness, bullying and love.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
My top tips for surviving the Festival ( this is my 25th) is to treat it as a marathon race, don’t sprint too hard at the beginning and drink lots of water! As a visitor be open to everything and smile at the flyer teams … even in the fourth week!
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
My funniest moment in a play was when my false nose fell off and nobody on stage could speak with laughter.
My most embarrassing moment was entering through the wrong door and all the other actors looking the wrong way.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
I’ll give you an aspiration rather than an inspiration. My biggest aspiration is to keep playing and striving to make a difference, to encourage new would be theatre goers of all ages. I believe unreservedly in live performance and expanding young people’s imaginations.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
My pre show ritual is to clean my teeth
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I am looking forward to seeing The Real Keith Moon as I went to school with Keith’s sister Lesley.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
The reason to see our show is that as the Fringe is overwhelmingly geared to comedy, there is always time to see a beautiful story , I believe beautifully told.
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