In recent weeks Alex has donated some of his time to a massive nationwide theatre initiative protesting recent arts cuts made by the UK government. Theatre Uncut is a mini-festival of 8 plays by some of Britain’s leading writers, each of whom comment in their own way on the cuts. In addition to the flagship London based events these plays were performed by various companies all over the country last night. Alex appeared in Dennis Kelly’s Things that Make no Sense and several other plays in a production by site-specific company Petulance Arts at the Curler’s Rest, Glasgow.
What a busy start to 2011! Alex is spending the early part of this year gathering material for his film reel and the schedule has been nonstop. There are five short films and counting that Alex has shot or will be shooting in the near future thus far. Production companies include Pickadoor, Kay Pictures, and Benzoate Productions among others.
Alex just finished a tour of Peter Arnott’s latest play, Heuristics in the Diner, which explores the life of Manhattan Project physicist and communist spy Klaus Fuchs. The play showed alongside new works by Chris Hannan and Nicola McCartney at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, the Hampstead Theatre in London, and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
Today Alex performed in the work-in-progress presentation of I Heart Maths, by James Ley. This showing, at the Citizens’ Theatre, was the culmination of two weeks’ development and rehearsal working with five other actors, the playwright, and director Ros Philips as a part of the Playfest script development project in association with the Glasgay! festival.
Although not theatre related, Alex is very proud to have completed the West Highland Way today. He cycled the 97 mile trail in two and a half days, beginning at the trailhead in Glasgow’s northernmost suburb, Milngavie, travelling along the shores of Loch Lomond, then up into the Scottish Highlands through Glencoe, and then passing by the foot of Ben Nevis before finally arriving in the town of Fort William.